Is your teen tech-obsessed?

first_imgGet them outsideAll too often, children and teens today choose staying indoors on phones and devices rather than venturing outside and exploring nature. The key to getting them to look up from their device is being the parent and establishing rules. It is your job to enforce limits to their entertainment so don’t forget it’s okay to put your foot down. Open the door to outside fun and offer up entertainment that’ll interest them away from technology. Check out this Pinterest page filled with fun outdoor ideas for teens.Set boundariesAs stated above, as a parent it’s your responsibility to limit not only the time your kids spend with technology, but also what tech they have access to. If you don’t want them on their phones during certain times (for example, meal-time, “family-time,” or before bed) then establish these rules and stick to them so there is consistency. Make sure they understand that you are not trying to take things away from them, but that boundaries are needed for a healthy home life. Helping them to know you aren’t “being the bad guy” will prevent them from getting overly irritated and will hopefully make them more agreeable. Also, relocating computers to common areas of your home helps to remove the temptation if the device is currently in their bedroom.Keep an open dialogueCommunicate with your teen on how their device is being used and for what purpose. If it’s purely for entertainment or social matters then speak with them on other ideas for having fun. Find out what their other interests are. Make sure they know you want to spend time with them and are there for them. Providing them with personal one-on-one interactions will remind them that there is life outside their screen. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Detailslast_img read more


Delaney predicts good times ahead

first_imgCrystal Palace captain Damien Delaney has warned the Eagles are ready to ruffle some more feathers in the Barclays Premier League this season. Alan Pardew’s men picked up where they left off in May with another impressive away display in a hard-fought 3-1 victory at newly-promoted Norwich. After weathering early pressure from the hosts, when Canaries striker Lewis Grabban missed from inside the six-yard box, Palace went ahead through Wilfried Zaha just before the break and then doubled their lead when Delaney knocked the ball in at the far post following a well-worked corner. Eagles boss Alan Pardew, who was appointed in January and guided the club he once played for to a 10th-placed finish last season, believes the squad is now streetwise for the challenges ahead. “We have good experience for the Premier League, even though it is only our third year it’s a massive quality and if there is one thing Norwich are going to need to gain it’s that kind of nous. We are really strong on that,” Pardew said. “When they got a goal back we knew not to panic. Last year we won a lot of games exactly like we did here.” Palace, though, then had to dig in when substitute Nathan Redmond pulled a goal back before Cameron Jerome saw what would have been an equaliser chalked off by Premier League debutant referee Simon Hooper, who called a foul against the striker for a high boot. The visitors made sure of an opening-day victory when Yohan Cabaye, a £10million summer signing from Paris St Germain, slotted in a third goal during stoppage time. Arsenal are next up at Selhurst Park, with fixtures against both Chelsea and Manchester City also in the coming weeks. Delaney, though, sees no reason why Palace should not tackle any team head on. “That is what we are about, and have been for a couple of seasons, putting bodies on the line, getting blocks and really digging in when the going gets tough. If we can keep those traits and with the quality we have added, hopefully it can be a good year for us,” the Republic of Ireland defender said. “With guys like Cabaye, who are going to be important when we are at home and see a little bit more of the ball. With him, and Punch (Jason Puncheon), Wilf (Zaha), Yannick (Bolasie), Connor Wickham and Muzza (Glenn Murray), the attacking talent is there. “We are looking forward to it and it is our job at the back to give them a platform to go and win it, so that we are not 2-0 down and having to climb mountains.” Delaney added: “This has been the change we were looking for, without losing the plus points that we have, if we can add to it then hopefully it will be a better season.” Press Associationlast_img read more