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When Should I Teach My Kids Technology?

When you were a kids, did you use your parent’s computer and find it difficult to get any use out of it? It was only 20 years ago that PC’s were rather useless devices. And now that you are all grown up, over the years you’ve had to learn what most youth already know. Don’t you wish today’s technology had been around when you were young?

In my case, my father would not allow me to use his computer because he did not feel that I could do anything with it. Even he had a hard time, as there was nothing but a command line. But now that times have changed, it is now more important than ever that your kids know what they are doing when handling electronics.

If they are taught from an early age, they will be more apt to keep learning and they will realize early on that technology is important.

Now, there are many dissenters out there who will say that kids need to play more outside in order to learn motor and social skills. There is a valid argument to both sides of the story, and I will not purport to have the best answer.

But if you do want to teach your kids technology, you might have considered already that buying them a kids wifi tablet is the way to go. In fact, kids tablets are loaded with useful educational content, apps, and games, all of which are fun to use. They can spend hours playing with a tablet.

How Kids Can Benefit

One of the real life benefits of having kids be engrossed in their tablets is that, without them even noticing, they are actually earning valuable skills that will last them a lifetime. Every time they turn on their tablet and search for an app to use, they are learning important software semantics. Every time your kids play a game, they are learning how programs are written and the logic that is commonly used. This happens at a subconscious level, so they do not even feel like they are doing a any work.

On a more conscious level, when they use the tablet’s camera and microphone, they learn to handle peripherals; just as we would hook up an HDTV to our laptop computers.

Are They Better Off Playing Outside?

It is the age old question; should we let our kids be and use all of our high technology? Or should we spare them and encourage them to play outside while it is still feasible to get by without a personal device in their face?

Well, I believe that the answer is not always clear, and that no matter how much evidence there is in one direction, there is always some in the other. I have personally met people who have not bothered to use technology all of their lives, and can now barely get by without the help of their kids. I have also met other, albeit younger, people who have used computers and other electronics since they were 5 years old, and they thrive in many facets of life.

Can You Justify The Cost?

One thing is for sure, once you get your kids a tablet, they may no longer be satisfied with playing with other toys. As you already know yourself, the Internet and video games and deeply immersive, and one’s mind can get lost in another world. Once the mind has had a dose of this cyberworld, it is difficult to go back.

What if your kids get into the habit of begging you for the next best thing in electronics? It would be a shame to spare them of a healthy dose of the great outdoors. After all, they have the rest of their lives to learn technology.

Conclusion

I firmly believe that everything should be done in moderation. And in the case of kids electronics, it is crucial to not get them into the habit of perpetually getting lost in cyberland.

That is why most kids tablets offer a time limit option for parents to set for their kids. Once the time has elapsed, the game closes out, and kids must find something else to do.

This, of course, is not without its issues…

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