Kids these days are really tied to their tech—Pew Research Center data indicates that around 45% of teens say they’re “almost constantly” online, and even young kids are spending more time in front of screens. That continuous connection to tech and the internet can make it tough to get kids outside and engaged with the real world.Luckily, though, it doesn’t have to be one or the other, —you can actually work with your kids’ tech devices instead of against them. Certain apps encourage kids to interact with the world around them, getting them up off the couch and into the outdoors.
Technology at bedtime can wreak havoc on our bodies, sleep schedules and overall well-being. It is especially important to consider these potential issues when considering what technology rules to establish as a family, as children and even adolescents need significantly more sleep than adults do. Here are some of the ways that technology interrupts sleep and evening routines.
Messaging apps have become hugely popular. In fact, the total active users each month on messaging platforms now exceeds the number of active users on social media. The shift of online time towards messaging apps together with increased saturation of mobile app stores has helped to drive the rise of a new technology - ChatBots.
With the pressure to keep up appearances, some Instagram users have started creating secondary accounts that they call their “Finstagrams”, or Fake Instagrams. But these accounts are anything but fake. Here, teenagers will post unflattering pictures of themselves, photos of a messy bedroom or bad grade they’ve received, and everything in between.
When kids aren't sure what plagiarism is, they're more likely to commit it unwittingly. Discussing proper research and citation with your kids is an easy 3-step process.
This series of blogs will walk parents through Kik, giving them insight on the inner workings of the app and hopefully will give them confidence in their ability to advise their children on use of the app.
When I was a kid, watching Nickelodeon and playing outside seemed to consist of most of my time. Then, the computer entered my life. From these early interactions with technology, I began to see the power that any type of technology can have on improving and impacting people’s lives, especially young people.