An increasing number of fathers in the city are turning tech-savvy to bond with their kids
Are you the kind of father who beats his son to an online game of Farmville? Do the dinner table conversations with your son revolve around discussing features of the latest smartphone available in the market? Then you might just have earned the title of a geek dad. Unlike the common perception of a geek, these new wave dads are cooler, connected and more engaged fathers. According to a survey conducted in the US, a 'geek dad' is a father who is enthusiastic about technology and knowledgeable about the latest innovations. Interestingly, an increasing number of parents in Mumbai too, especially fathers are turning tech-savvy to bond with their children.
Says psychological counsellor Dr Pradnya Ajinkya, "Children disconnect from parents and return to school or other activities. However, a common knowledge and interest can promote an effective relationship. This certainly encourages a child to bind with his tech-savvy provider for more information." Here's how you can turn a geek dad too.
Be keen to learn about new technology
While men have the ability to learn about new technology easily, all of them might not be very keen to do so. However, as a parent, it is essential to keep abreast of the latest technological innovations. Says clinical psychologist Varkha Chulani, "Being updated with the latest technology has become a requirement for coping with modern life. As a parent, learning about new gadgets makes bonding with your kid easier."
With the advent of Internet, it is very easy for parents to get all the dope on the latest technology. Parag Ranpura, father of a 16-year-old says, "At work, I try and make some time where I surf various websites to find out about new mobile phones and home theatre systems. That way, I am not clueless the next time I hear my son talk about them."
Seek help from your child
It is okay if you are not aware of the latest muscial software or for that matter, how to create your account on a social networking site. In a such a scenario, psychologists state that one should not hesitate in approaching the child for help. While this updates the parent, it also lets the child know that their parent is taking an effort to stay abreast. Ajinkya reasons, "Where would you go if your child has fever? Doctor, is your answer. Therefore, if you have your child who is the doctor and you need help, it is obvious you will call for him before you seek help elsewhere without hesitation."
Bond on social networking sites
According to a study conducted in UK, seven in 10 parents turn to social networking platforms to communicate with their kid. While these numbers may not be the same for India, an increasing number of parents in the city are signing on to social networking sites frequented by their children. In fact, many city teens are also 'friends' with their parents on these social networking platforms.
However, parents should know where to draw a line when it comes to communicating with the child on social network. Chulani says, "Parents should not admonish their kids for every silly status they put online. Similarly, they should also not step up in defence of their kid everytime he/she receives any unkind comment. Instead, be a silent oberver and provide supervision to yourchildren when they ask for it."
Meanwhile, Ajinkya says, "Some of the social networking sites can be dangerous not only for child but also for the parent. It is important for parent and child to understand the problems arising from unwanted activities and social networking sites and to keep each other informed about various case studies that arise from such activities."
Who is a geek dad?
Unlike the common perception of a geek, these new wave dads are cooler, connected and more engaged fathers. According to a survey conducted in the US, a 'geek dad' is a father who is enthusiastic about technology and knowledgeable about the latest innovations.
Tips to turn into a tech-savvy dad
- Surf through websites on a weekly or monthly basis to learn about new gadgets and gizmos.
- If you don't understand a particular technological term, don't hesitate to ask your kid.
- Accompany your kid when he/she goes to buy video games or mobile phones.
- Sign on to a social networking site to communicate with your child. However, draw a line when it comes to monitoring your kid's online activities. Courtesy : Krutika Bherawala : TNN