We are living in unprecedented times that will test us in ways we’ve never been tested before. We are grateful for our ability to communicate, and share and access information through technology.
If you’re like me, you read the occasional parenting book, reach out to friends to see what is going on with their children, and try your best to be as present as possible - while working and running a household.
I recently read the book, Hung Up by Haley Evans, with the subtitle ‘why you should put the phone down (and other life advice).’
I’m a strong believer that the things we teach children in school (in regards to online safety) should be replicated at home; after all, if we have different rules and education at home and at school then children may become confused and therefore the educational impact is negligible.
We want the holidays to be filled with magic and meaning, surprise and wonder, and there’s no question that tech can make it all possible. But how do we know if now is the right time to introduce, upgrade or enhance the digital devices in our lives?
What do parents need to know and understand about these connected toys, smartphones, watches, tablets, etc before purchasing them? Use this list of questions as a guide when shopping for connected toys to ensure you feel confident in your purchases.
Grandparents are more readily adopting devices than they once did—sometimes on their own and sometimes with a ‘hand me up’ device from a child or grandchild. Savvy grandparents are relieving feelings of disconnection in their own families by embracing digital communication strategies.