There is often a stigma associated with children’s relationship with technology. No parent wants their child to be a couch potato with their eyes glued to a screen all day, but kids are fascinated by all of the technology surrounding them, and it is important to guide them in using it in constructive, positive ways.
Technology, when used appropriately, can be a very positive, educational resource for teachers and parents to use with their children. Find balance in introducing children to technology. Young children should still spend a significant portion of their play time engaged in non-technology activities, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use technology in limited, effective ways as well.
Technology has the power to motivate learning and allow each child to learn at their own pace. Technology gives children control of their learning and allows them to learn in a fun, hands-on way. Devices can be loaded with apps and books that are age appropriate to your child and will provide them great educational support.
Technology can cut down on clutter and aid your child in learning organization. You can use technology to teach your children to use a family calendar, draw, or read on a device. It is much easier to take a single device on the go than a bag full of paper items.
Technology opens up a wealth of information to your children. The internet has changed the ease at which we can find out about virtually anything, but children need to be guided to use it safely and appropriately. There are plenty of parent controls that can be put on devices, but it is also important to show your children the appropriate places to search for information and teach them how to know a good source from a bad one.
Technology can bring you closer to family and friends. Children can easily use video chat, email, and other methods to stay in touch with loved ones that live hundreds or even thousands of miles away.
These are just some of the amazing ways to help your child connect with technology. Here at Maker Kids we are committed to teaching your kids to use technology in a safe and positive way, too. Our instructors have the education, know-how, and heart to guide your kids in their use of technology. We, like you, want their relationship with technology to positive and productive.