Introducing Children To Technology Safely
How To Make Sure We Introduce Our Children To Technology Safely
I have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, and if it were up to her she would be on her mum’s iPad all day every day. She’s been like this since she was one and cries her eyes out when it is taken away from her.
Kids today aren’t like the kids in my youth. They are a lot more tech-savvy than we used to be (or are, in some cases). Toddlers need to freely explore,manipulate, and test everything in their environment. Increasingly in today’s world, this includes the exploration of technology tools and interactive media.Children of this age are drawn to push-button switches and controls.
So what can you do to help explore this brave new world of digital terrain?
• Allow your child to explore digital materials in the context of human interactions, with yourself as mediator and co-player. As with shared book reading, use shared technology time as an opportunity to talk with your child, use new vocabulary, and model appropriate use.
• Avoid passive screen time. While some parents may claim that baby videos calm an otherwise fussy child, there is little research to suggest that infants and toddlers learn much from watching videos. If infants are distressed, they need the comfort of a caring adult, not an electronic toy. Besides which, sitting your child in front of a video for hours also prevents him/her from having hours of other developmental experiences. Children need real-time social interactions; technology such as videos can prevent that from happening.
• Use technology as an active and engaging tool when appropriate to provide infants and toddlers with access to images of their families and friends, animals and objects in the environment, and a wide range of diverse images of people and things they might not otherwise encounter.
Below are some great websites that may be useful in your quest to help your child:
There are many more sites that are educational and fun, that both you and your child can enjoy ogether. There are so many resources are out there, which is why HERE! Play will stop running after this month. Everyone at HERE! would like to thank Hina Patel, who started the page around three years ago, for all her hard work not to mention dedication to children’s education.
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