How to introduce children to technology

Internet Sep 21, 2019

According to the latest data, 72% of children under the age of 8 use technology regularly. So, is it safe to introduce our children into this digital world at such an early age? Yes, it is.

Technology is in our daily lives and, therefore, in that of our children, regardless of their age. We have already talked about the technological future to come and about the digital age in which our children are immersed, which leads many parents to want to keep the youngest children away from the technological reach of the house for as long as possible. In spite of this, it is not a simple task and many times we give in and leave the Tablet or the mobile phone for you to have a little fun and be calm; above all, during the summer seasons when they have more free time.

However, how and when to introduce children to technology is a question that turns many parents on their heads. The questions When do I buy a mobile phone for my child? Moreover, when is it good for children to start using technology?

These are two-star questions that many of us ask when introducing our little one into this digital world. Therefore, we wanted to help and try to answer these critical questions that all of us, as parents, have. Here we go:

Is technology right for children?

It is neither good nor bad, and it should be seen as a handy tool with which they can explore the world, learn to work in teams and interact, acquire new skills. All this depending on the control and regularization that you have of its use, of course.

It is impossible, as we have already mentioned, to isolate children from technology, since nowadays we have it everywhere, so correct use of it is the key when it comes to children learning to use it.

It is not a question of prohibiting; it is instead a question of knowing how to pass on to them the information they need so that they learn to use this tool in a wise and balanced way, which will bring them many future benefits.

Even video games help our children's ability to solve problems, create strategies, motivate them to face new challenges. The main thing is to explain to the children when and what the technology is used for, in order to create a pattern of use beneficial to them.

Control to avoid addiction to technology

To prevent this useful tool from becoming an addiction, we must see to it that neither technology nor any other activity becomes the center of your life. As with this, and even with any other activity, it is essential to maintain control and a schedule in order to avoid dependence and its possible consequences, such as social seclusion, isolation, lack of appetite or sleep problems.

These symptoms may be clear indicators of a more significant problem. Therefore, the best way to avoid this situation of dependence is prevention by maintaining a schedule and combining different activities throughout the day.

Do you want a little trick? Some parents and mom bloggers claim to have most of their gadgets 'broken', which only work 'sometimes.' A small hack that helps them to avoid their children spend many hours with them and become possible addicts to these tools.

At what age can your child start using technology?

There is no specific age at which to introduce children to technology or at which the benefits of using this tool are more beneficial than harmful. However, we can say that the use of technology should be gradual over the years. When they are very young, they should be fully supervised and use technology gadgets with their mothers and fathers.

Tablets can be used as a reward, to support other games or to see pictures or paint a little, for example, but never as the center of their lives. As they grow, contact with the digital world will become more and more autonomous, and they will be able to take advantage of all the benefits it offers, but always, as we have commented, with regularization and a schedule stipulated by the parents.

However, we can affirm that the use of technology should be gradual over the years. When they are very young, they should be fully supervised and use technology gadgets together with their mothers and fathers.

Tablets can be used as a reward, to support other games or to see pictures or paint a little, for example, but never as the center of their lives. As they grow, contact with the digital world will become more and more autonomous, and they will be able to take advantage of all the benefits it offers, but always, as we have commented, with regularization and a schedule stipulated by the parents.

So, at what age did you buy your first cell phone?

This answer is more complicated because it depends on the parents and the child. Social pressure is usually the main argument your children will use when asking you for one of their own: "Everyone in my class has one." Also, we already know how complicated it is to get out of that loop. Therefore, the best thing in these cases is to ask directly to other mothers and fathers who have already gone through this experience. Most of them agree that the best age to give them their first mobile is between 12 and 14 years old and all of them are clear that they would never do it before the age of 10.

However, that doesn't mean that this advice is followed at foot-juntillas in all the houses. The reality is that the vast majority of 11-year-olds already have a mobile phone; because the little ones begin to insist on acquiring their own terminal well before the age desired by their parents.

It is clear that having their first mobile phone becomes an important milestone for them, in which their parents place all their trust, giving them greater responsibility for their actions. Something that, when looked at and carried, helps them to grow and mature within their generation of 'digital natives,' was for them, technology has become indispensable in their day-to-day life.

However, remember that before offering them this trust, it is necessary to first carry out a vital education process about their security on the Internet and the usefulness of each technological tool within their reach.

So we can help you with that. We focus on bringing technology and robotics to all children to teach them how to use them responsibly and wisely for their professional future.

Tony

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