The digital age has provided parents with an opportunity to keep an eye on their kids. This may seem wonderful if you’re a parent who worries about your child. Here are some of the benefits and problems of video monitoring.
Pro: Improved Safety
You can make sure that your child is always safe. ADT’s wireless cameras can be placed anywhere in the home. This removes the guesswork of what your kids are doing when you aren’t around. Video monitoring is becoming very popular during the infant stage. This same monitor can continue to be used as your child grows. You can make sure that your kids get home from school on time, and that they do their homework. In this way, you can always keep them safe. If they have an accident, you can rush in to help.
Con: Parental Overconfidence
The increased use of monitoring may increase your confidence in your abilities as a parent. This can be a double-edged sword. It may make you more confident in that you have a safety net to fall back on if your kids get into trouble. The problem could then become that you rely too much on technology to help you through your parenting decisions. You may decide to skimp on baby-proofing because you assume that you can stop a situation before it becomes a problem.
Observation vs Interaction
Kids need time to themselves in order to develop their coping mechanisms and skill sets. They may be less willing to do this if they know that you’re always watching them. This can lead them to expect you always to rush in whenever they’re testing the boundaries. It may even stunt their development. Kids need to feel empowered to make their own decisions. You have to show that you trust them.
A Valid Form of Involvement?
Many parents use cameras so that they can feel involved with their kids. They can keep tabs on all of the developments in their lives. Don’t mistake this form of involvement as taking the place of interacting with your kids. They still need you to be their parent. Talking to them is important. You still want your kids to grow and develop with your input and guidance.
The use of video monitoring has its place to ensure the safety of your kids. Just remember to not rely on it too much. You still need to play on an active, physical role in your kids’ lives.