Parents of millennials are in a fix.
While they're amazed at how fast their children adapt to technology, they are also worried.
Studies after studies have shown that children and adolescents hooked on their gadgets have less attention span and are often incommunicable. Add to this is the danger of being exposed to cyberbullying and inappropriate Web contents.
Thus, parents are advised to set rules on the use of social media and gadgets in their households.
A concerned parent, actress and single mom Sunshine Cruz has laid down a schedule for her three daughters — Angelina, 15, Samantha, 12, and Cheska, 11.
“May cut-off,” Sunshine told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last September 14, at her contract signing with ALV Talent Circuit.
“Kapag weekends, mas mahabang oras," she said about allotting time when they can turn on their gadgets.
“Pero kapag weekdays, talagang mas maagang cut-off so that they can review.”
Sunshine’s gadget rule applies strictly at mealtimes, “So that… they can also bond and talk.
“Kasi kapag may gadgets, ang nangyayari hindi nag-uusap.”
Sunshine said she dislikes seeing families sitting in restaurants and barely talking to one another because they are busy with their cellphones.
“Ayaw ko 'yon, e, kapag nakakakita ako sa restaurant ng family na ganyan, kanya-kanya.
“Never! That's the moment you catch up, e.
“Basta kapag kumakain kami, walang gadget para nag-uusap kami.”
In previous interviews with PEP, Sunshine was proud to mention that her daughters are honor students at De La Salle Santiago Zobel.
MILLENNIAL TALK. Having three millennial daughters, Sunshine related that their interactions are interesting.
“Nakakatuwa sa kanila yung the way they talk. 'Dude' mga ganyan.
"'Dude! You know what, dude! I know, right! Like, like, like.’”
Sunshine recalled Angelina’s trending episode on the Kapamilya late-night show Gandang Gabi Vice, “Si Angelina, nag-trending dahil sa 'like, like, like' niya.
“Sabi ko, 'Anak, bawasan mo 'yang 'like' mo. Hindi like ng tao!'
But despite this seeming generation gap in the way they communicate with one another, Sunshine said she is thankful that respect is their common thread.
“Very proud ako na kung papaano ako rumespeto sa parents ko, gano’n din ang pagrerespeto ng mga anak ko sa'kin.”