Some of us are old enough to remember when the following things were true about the world we lived in during our childhood:
a.There were only 5 to 6 channels on television (no cable/satellite).
b. If you had free time, you went outside to play. No one wanted to stay inside (no chat rooms, Neopets, Webkins).
c. When you called someone and there was no answer, you called them back later (no voice mail/cell phones).
d. The only people that had knowledge of your whereabouts were your parents and the people that were with you no Foursquare, Banjo).
e. If you needed to know/learn something, you looked it up in a dictionary or the World Book Encyclopedia set that your parents purchased from the door to door salesperson (no Wikipedia, Google, Bing).
The world is much different now. We are in the Digital Age. Computers have been taken to a level I'm sure many of us never would have imagined and is an integral part of our daily lives (regardless of one's age group. As a result, many young people (and adults alike) have ventured into the realm of "Digital Media Overload". The instant gratification one experiences from a Facebook post, Tweet, e-mail, text message, Instagram photo and so on has reached epidemic proportions. Everyone is literally obsessed with being connected. I will have to spend some time thinking about what adults can do to avoid this addiction. However, here are five ways parents/guardians can help their children avoid being sucked into the black hole that is Digital Media Overload:
1. Start good habits early.
2. Use media together.
3. Keep distractions to a minimum.
4. Be a role model.
5. Seek balance.