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Kids and Technology: Advice for Parents in a High-Tech World

Kids & Technology advice for Parents in High-Tech World Many parents are concerned about their children's use of technology. It's so difficult to control these days with all the latest devices being released to add to an already large list. We investigate how parents need to approach technology and kids in 2015. Kids & Technology Facts & Figures 7% of children aged 34 17% of children aged of children under 3 own their own smart phone or tablet. 5-15 now have access to a 5-15 have their own tablet tablet computer at home. computer. 2% of children age 8 Overall, 13%0 of parents say they often use media to keep their child occupied while they do chores around the house; 42% say they sometimes do. The iPhone, iPod touch and iPad top holiday wish lists of children aged 6 to 12. and under have used a mobile device. 71%0 of parents do not think 57%. of parents think it's important for a child to be familiar with new technologies of parents say they are technology makes parenting easier, compared to 28% who say it does make it easier. not worried about their children becoming addicted to "new" media, although 40% say they before school. are worried. Despite increasing popularity of mobile devices, television still reigns supreme in children's media lives with 58% of children watching TV at least once a day, compared to 17% who use mobile devices on an a daily basis, 14% who are daily computer users, and 6% who play video games every day. Hom Should Parents Approach Technology Use? Treat media as you mould any Talk to your child. other aspect of your child's life. The same parenting guidelines apply in both real and virtual environments. Set limits, kids need and expect them. Parents ask their children where they are going and who they are going with whenever they leave the house. They should take the same approach when their children go on the Internet-where are they going and who are they with? Talk with others. Create tech-free: Zones. Talk to other parents about how they have discussed technology use with their children. Keep family mealtimes and other family and social gatherings tech-free. Join Your Children Being Unplugged Explore the Internet. Visit the websites your child frequents, and assess the pros and cons. Most websites and Don't forget to join your children in unplugged play whenever you're able. If they see you on your smartphone when they're not allowed, they won't be happy! on-line activities are beneficial. Remember, Kids mill be kids. Kids will make mistakes using media. Try to handle errors with empathy and turn a mistake into a learning moment. The Right Tech For All Ages Babies and Toddlers It is recommend that kids under the age of 2 should have no screen time. Kids are better off being entertained by physical play and not passive play. The occasional couple minutes are fine here and there, but it shouldn't be the main way babies and toddlers are learning. Ready for DOP Very limited gadget usage, if at all. Limited TV watching. Battery-operated electronic toys. Preschool and Kindergarten O Kids who are learning to read may find your eReader useful for the kid-specific book selections and colorful pictures. Many kids in this stage are old (and savvy enough) to operate gadgets on their own. If you are going to send them off to explore technology, make sure that there is no Internet access and/or it is disabled. Ready for Parents' gadgets with age-appropriate apps. Kids' tablets. Reading technology. Early Elementary After years of playing with kid gadgets, elementary school-age kids are ready for more serious technology. Most of them are well-versed in gadgets and devices and are using computers and iPads in classrooms. Ready for Autonomous gadget play Internet surfing through kid-safe browsers like Video games with "E for Everyone" ratings. with screen time limits. KIDO'Z. Tween This is generally when kids are going to start begging for two things t Facebook Profiles Cellphones A study found that 92% of parents are friends with their kids on Facebook, which is vital to ensure they are not left alone on the devices. Ensure that your children add you as friend. Cellphones should only be owned for checking in and emergency purposes. Check with your mobile phone provider to see the best option for your kids. Ready for More independent PC and tablet use. Social networks, if monitored sufficiently. Simple cellphones used for emergencies. Teens The majority of teens age 12-17 own cellphones. The hope is that at this stage you will have had many conversations with them about what it means to be safe and responsible with technology. Teens and technology is a complex relationship. As with many O other aspects in teens' lives, there needs to be a lot of trust, but more important, communication. Ready for Autonomous PC and All social networks. smartphone use. Quotes from An the Experts "We limit how much technology our kids use at home." -Steve Jobs, American Businessman. "As a rule of thumb, high-tech devices should unequivocally not be used as babysitters, but practicality being what it is, sometimes you have to bow to reality." -Scott Steinberg, Author & Strategic Consultant "As children reach secondary school age they need to know how to use the Internet to find information accurately; they also need to know how to use social networks for productive use and for learning rather than simply for chatting to mates." -Matt Britland, Director of Realise Learning and head of ICT at Kingston Grammar "People have very strong opinions about the use of technology by young children. However, most educational professionals find that it's a real benefit to children as long as it is used correctly and in moderation." -Emma Asprey, Lecturer at the School of Education *These experts are in no way affiliated with Shop Twinkie. References e-access-dramatically-higher twinkie 10 10 *0 10 1O 10

Kids and Technology: Advice for Parents in a High-Tech World

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Do you know that • 71% of children aged 5-15 have access to a tablet computer at home. • 72% of children age 8 and under have used a mobile device. • 17% of children under 3 own their own smar...


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