Technology can be a great thing for kids, and if you’ve got a phone and other devices in the house, they’ll soon start taking an interest. While this can be scary new territory for you as a parent, it doesn’t have to be something to be afraid of. When you do it right, you can introduce technology in a healthy, balanced way that will help them to develop some good habits as they get older. Take a look at some tips on introducing technology to your little one.
Show them how you use it
Kids are curious about everything, and once your enters the ‘why’ stage, you’ll have your work cut out for you explaining everything they need to know. When you’re using your computer or your phone, explain to your child what you’re doing, such as ‘I’m shopping for this’ or ‘I’m sending an email’ and help them to learn more about what you’re doing when you’re using tech.
Find games and activities to help them learn
The great thing about computers and portable devices is that they contain many apps that can help your child to learn and develop. Check out some games that will help your kids learn, covering everything from reading to languages and you can help them enjoy some screen time without it being wasteful. Instead of just using electronics as a way to keep your child entertained, make the time they spend using them valuable to help their development.
Set up the right controls
Having the right controls put in place from the beginning will help you to protect your children from some of the more negative aspects of technology. The Family Orbit app will help your kids to enjoy limited screen time set by you, as well as make sure they don’t stumble across any harmful websites. Having these controls in place from the beginning will make you feel more confident when your child starts using devices independently, while tracking features can also come in handy as they get older.
Show a good example
While there are many benefits of introducing technology to your kids, there are some downsides too. Once they get a taste for it, they can soon start spending too much time looking at a screen, which leads to some bad habits. You can show a good example to help your kids by not spending too much time on your devices around them and putting emphasis on the importance of distraction-free family time. While it can be difficult to change your ways at first, the whole family will be better off if you can be willing to give it a try.
Ensuring a balanced use of technology is important for you and your child, and by introducing it the right way you can ensure some healthy habits are developed early on. As one of the things you’ll have to face during motherhood, it’s something you’ll want to start thinking about soon - kids are into everything and they’ll soon start getting curious about the tech in your house. Most importantly, don’t be afraid of introducing technology to your little one - there is a lot you can do to make it a wonderful and exciting thing.
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