Getting Ready for Christmas

LAKSHMI on December 21, 2016

Christmas Celebrations

Twinkling lights, plastic reindeers with red noses, cinnamon wafting in the air, stockings in the fireplace – the season’s upon us once again. From ordering gifts online to sending out virtual cards, another digital Christmas is in the air:

  • Gadgets take red-themed backgrounds and caller tunes hum carols.
  • Digital natives seem to be upping Santa's tech expenses with a growing demand for digital gifts this Christmas.
  • Santa Skypes from the North Pole.
  • The classic holiday stories and songs now have digital avatars that our natives can bury their noses in.

The season is no less jolly than it has ever been. for parents to remember during this festive season

  • Set parental controls on devices gifted to young children
  • Talk to children about appropriate use of device and online media
  • Know the ratings of games before the child can play them
  • Set rules for tech usage
  • Set up home internet filtering
  • Teach the child never to share passwords and personal information online

Make technology safe during holidays through common sense. Be cautious while using public WiFi hotspots to access financial platform. Ensure that all financial transactions go through “https” sites, set up your firewall, update your antivirus software, and always log out in all instances before closing the browser.

It helps to remember that there is a real world outside of the digital world and Christmas is the culmination of a year of camaraderie and human goodwill.  Make the holiday season even more special with Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RACK).  Get inspired by RACK ideas online from sites like Baton Rouge Moms.com, Still Being Molly website, and Kiddie Matters website.

The Grinch had a point as he mused if Christmas didn’t come from the store – and came without ribbons, without tags, without packages, boxes or bags. To add a digital flavour to that thought, neither does it come with glowing screens and stylus-armed touch-screens.

Christmas, as Mary Ellen Chase put it, is but a state of mind, and may we honour it in our heart and keep it all year roun!

Merry Christmas to our readers, and may the spirit of the season last through the coming year.