Information and guidance about technology use is exploding! Digital citizenship, Internet safety, multitasking etc. As parents, how do we wade through all the information to figure out what is most important? We need a keystone technology habit for parenting. According to Charles Duhigg keystone habits aresmall changes or habits that people introduce into their routines that unintentionally carry over into other aspects of their lives.
I would like to propose that keeping all technology in public spaces is a foundational keystone habit of technology use. The benefits that roll out from this include:
strengthening parent child attachment when parents are more aware of their child's mood and are more accessible to respond to kids needs
implicitly influencing good digital citizenship through public/parent “observing eyes”
reinforcing connectedness (instead of isolation) in families
solidifying lifelong healthy sleep hygiene habits, by keeping the bedroom for sleep