Our most common questions at parenting seminars today revolve around one thing: technology. It doesn’t matter if the child is 2 or 12, we’re often at a loss as to how to best use tech to our advantage and NOT let it play to the disadvantages of our child. Thankfully, a host of other folks are in the same business—from common sense media to parenting.com.
The bottom line is that we want to start early. We want to have boundaries around our kids’ screen time and use it to equip kids to learn to live responsibly in what will increasingly become an even more technology-driven world. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that kids need to have 0 hours a day on screens under the age of 2. You read that right. Zero. But what about after? 1-2 hours a day is what is recommended for children between the ages of 2 and 18. But we know those hours need to continue to be significantly limited as their brains are growing, and doled out with great care and responsibility.
What about these toddlers—and what can we do to help use technology in a way that increases their brain growth, rather than hinders it?
This article in parents.com outlines some of the very best resources for parents of toddlers…the best apps out there today for preschoolers.
And, if you’re a parent of a preschooler or a preteen (or somewhere in between), stay with us weekly for Technology Tuesday’s. We’ll keep you tuned in to what they’re tuned in to—how to stay ahead of and connected to your tech savvy child.