Written by WVUA 23 News Reporter Maril Lopez

Parenting in this day and age can be difficult for some parents. And when you add technology to the mix, it can become even more difficult.

A Tuscaloosa church hosted a Parent Summit to help parents navigate raising children in a technologically advanced world. Parents of children of all ages were able to obtain information about their child's age group.

One of the main topics of conversation was how to parent while taking your child's mental health into consideration. Breakout sessions were held for different age groups, including infants, elementary school students, middle school students, and high school students.

Nicole Tegner, communications director for the Tuscaloosa church, said there is a reason behind what happened.

“Parenting with technology is very new for everyone. So there are no guidelines for it. So we're all trying to do what's right for our kids. Some of us… Some people don't really know how to do that, so that's what this conference is for,” Tegner said.

Geoff Johns was a speaker in the preschool session and gave advice that applies to all age groups.

“Stick to the boundaries you set for yourself. Be consistent with those boundaries and acknowledge when you cross them,” Jones said.

He said establishing boundaries at an early age allows children to understand the reasons behind different parenting techniques as they grow older.

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