Today’s technology is specially designed to enable the 21st-century kids to learn and play smart. As a parent, providing your kids with these digital development milestones can help them enjoy the best of modern technology while positively impacting on their future.
Introducing tech devices to your kids, whether it’s the electronic toys, portable learning devices, or gaming systems, it’s important that you choose those that are tailored to the kids’ individual needs, experience, and abilities.
Tips to choose right technology
Below are a few useful tips for choosing technology for kids according to their ages.
You want tech devices and gadgets that will promote engagement, interactivity, creativity, and encourage them to exercise their imagination and intellectual ability. For stutters, choose storybooks with colorful pictures, to easy to use play sets and stuffed animals that speak numbers, letters, and words aloud. Any toy that promotes real-world learning and skills such as vocabulary, mathematics and spelling are excellent choices.
Toddler-friendly tablets with apps and games designed for toddlers are also advisable for exercising their imagination.
Kids in Kindergarten and Elementary School
At this age, kids are often curious and explorative and are therefore able to learn very fast. Some of the most suitable tech devices available for kindergarten and elementary school kids include portable learning devices, interactive play sets and storybooks, motion-controlled video game systems, electronic diaries that are effective for enhancing communication skills, and Smartphone applications.
Music and video devices are also very popular with kids of this age. All the same, look for devices that will help them explore, learn to socialize, and become more active in sports and household activities.
Tweens and Teens
At this age, your kids will no longer be interested in playing with toys and child-like stuff. They are into grown-ups devices such as laptops, tablets, computer PCS, Smartphones, digital music and video players, as well as E-book readers. Since more of these devices require internet access, they are more likely to open up a whole world of possibilities regarding connectivity, networking, and communication with other kids of the same age.
When choosing these devices, get to know their features and capabilities while considering your kids’ individual tastes and styles in order to get the best fit. If possible, you can take them along with you to the store and give them the freedom to choose the devices that interest them.
As a parent, choosing the right technology for your kids provides them with great insight and the ability to explore and discover the world. Therefore, be sure to choose tech toys or devices that suit their specific needs.