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eParenting from UW-Extension

eParenting® High-Tech Kids coming to Seneca

You know the appeal that technology holds for kids – cell phones, tablets, gaming, social media, and on and on! And no doubt, you’re aware of the negative impacts that technology can have on youth. But what about the positive ways it can be used to support your young adolescent’s well being?

We are excited to share University of Wisconsin-Extension’s eParenting® High-Tech Kids, which provides ideas for using digital media to stay close to your child and strengthen family relationships. The next four newsletters, will include the topic, “Be an eParent”. Click on the link in the newsletter to read each week’s short, practical tip for using digital media with your tween.

To learn more about eParenting, watch the video at:

http://fyi.uwex.edu/eparenting/

You can also contact Jane Schaaf, Crawford County UW-Extension Family Living Agent at jane.schaaf@ces.uwex.edu    

At the end of the semester, you’ll have a chance to share your thoughts about eParenting in a short evaluation.

Topic #1 - Be an eParent

What do chocolate, exercise and technology have in common?

Chocolate, exercise and technology – all can be too much of a good thing!  It can be easy to forget that tweens look to us for clues about how to use digital media. The more we bring technology into our lives, the more they notice our escalating use. This makes it important to model healthy and balanced use of technology because children and tweens are excellent imitators of adult behaviors.

Read more at https://goo.gl/uQqk9I

Topic #2 - Be an eParent

“There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full.”

As adolescents mature, they experience increasingly complex life situations that often lead to stress and frustration. Teens need to learn how to adjust to having more pressure and responsibility in their home lives and at school.

Read more at https://goo.gl/bmW8MB

Topic #3 - Be an eParent

But my friends dress like this!

In the quest for independence, tweens push to be more like their peers and less like their parents. And in today’s digital world, tweens have “peer” examples everywhere from social media posts to school hallways that are often hypersexual and overly mature.

Read more at https://goo.gl/8lsR27