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There's no denying the fact that kids these days are growing up in a completely different world than most of us did. Smartphones essentially put the internet in your pocket, you can stream nearly any show, movie, music, or other form of entertainment that you want, and you can connect with anyone in the world via social media.
Kids These Days Are Different
The technology available right now means that your kids will be exploring the world and their own abilities in new and unprecedented ways. And in a lot of ways, it's amazing! Kids and their parents have the vast stores of the world's knowledge essentially at their fingertips - along with many other distractions and communication tools that are pretty unparalleled.
Of course, even adults have trouble limiting their "screen time", so you can't really expect a kid to do that on their own. Which is why you should make sure that they have the kind of device that makes for positive screen time and interaction.
Solving all of these problems are simpler than you might think! There's an easier solution than just ruthlessly monitoring your kids and their tech. And that makes all the difference.
So They Need Different Types Of Technology
You're never going to be able to truly limit your kid's access to the web or technology in general, and you shouldn't! Being able to use and being comfortable with tech is essential now, and it'll only become more important as your child grows up.
But not every tech option for kids is created equal. You want something that encourages exploration, inspires them to create their own content and media, and perhaps most importantly, requires them to get out from behind the screen and communicate with each other, even if they are using tech as a tool or the centerpiece of the conversation.
Give Them Tech That Promotes Peer To Peer Interaction
But all this access to tech is not always positive. Diminishing face to face interaction is a general societal trend that's a growing problem for developing children; one way to combat that, however, is through smart devices and electronics that encourage group participation and sharing.
Which is why giving your kid smart toys and tech that enable interactivity is definitely essential. There's no way to avoid them using technology and smart devices - and you wouldn't want to - so make sure you provide them with the right kind of technology. Like our sponsor KidiBuzz™. Created by the experts at VTech, this device is meant to provide kids with all the positives of borrowing their parents' smartphones with none of the negatives.
Educational games that encourage shared activities, the ability to text other devices (with parent approval, of course), the ability to take pictures and videos, play music, browse the (parent-filtered) internet, and other educational apps that are just like mom or dad's smartphone make these devices more than just a toy - it's a learning tool!