Denmark: Parenting is fun and takes time
- Lisbeth Krabbe Haugstrup, Family Consultant, KLF- Church and Media
Our most important message is:
Take the time to get involved with what your children find interesting – the media. Two of the most popular communication platforms are chat rooms or virtual meeting rooms, and cell phones. Children can communicate with the entire world, just like that. It is beautiful and great fun. However, from everyday life adults - even within the same culture - acknowledge the need for courses in how to communicate better. Also, we are told that most communication is passed through body language. These facts show us how easily communication through media can go wrong. You are using fewer words and often you can not see, hear, smell or touch the other person. Moreover, you are able to hide your true identity.
What to do
- We recommend that parents take the time to learn a few of the many ways their children use media in order to maintain a close relation with their children, and in order to discuss the differences between communication in real life and through media.
- The two main issues are: Protecting Yourself by limiting the amount of personal information you give out in virtual life and protecting others by choosing your words carefully, before you touch the “send” button.
After almost a decade of experience with counselling parents about their children’s use of media through folders, websites etc., it seems that the most efficient way of passing the message is meeting the parents face to face. Once again, communication in real life versus virtual communication has some indisputable advantages.
We believe that for children to have a constructive use of media they must have a healthy and close relation with their parents.
KLF, Kirke & Medier is a media user organisation founded on a Christian Lutheran perspective on life. The organisation has got 30.000 paying members throughout Denmark. The employees and voluntary workers of the organisation strive to assure that the content, the framework and the use of the media products that are available in Denmark are in accordance with our view on human life.
Lisbeth Krabbe Haugstrup
Family Consultant in KLF, Kirke & Medier
Grønnegade 6, 3.