In this high-tech day and age, it seems as though babies come out of the womb already knowing how to use technology. YouTube videos of toddlers masterfully working iPads, kids tapping TV screens assuming they are touchscreen and the intuitive nature in which kids navigate tech, are just a few indications that our digital kids are different from every other generation.
Kids are growing up with screens and it’s hard to stop the fascination they have. And who can blame them? Tech can be colorful, musical, responsive, educational and very entertaining. It can also be frustrating, scary and can expose them to things way beyond their time. So the question begs, how do you know what kind of technology is appropriate for your kids, regardless of their ages?
It’s intimidating to think about your child exploring tech on his/her own, but there are several things you can do to help ease the transition – for both of you.
Well, as with most things, it gets a little more complex they older they get. When they are toddlers and preschoolers, you can pretty much rest assured that the electronic toys and tablets geared towards their age ranges are very safe. If there is any kind of Internet access available, there are solid parental controls and very controlled app stores where only approved content is available for download.
The issues arise when kids are ready to graduate to new tech and become owners of their own real smartphones and tablets (or even your hand-me-down tech). It’s intimidating to think about your child exploring tech on his/her own, but there are several things you can do to help ease the transition – for both of you.
The amount of technology that is present in our kids’ lives will only increase as our society becomes even more connected. While there is a lot to navigate when it comes to digital parenting, educating yourself – and your kids – will ensure they get a healthy start for any technology they encounter. Now and in the future.
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