Setting Standards for Kids and Technology (Part 1)

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Sunday, November 24th, 2013

by TabTale

Here at TabTale, we think it's important for children to get involved with the technology around them and to expand their minds and imagination through the use of apps.  However, we also strongly believe in moderation.  Many parents have asked us for tricks that can be used to ensure that children do not become addicted to the screen.  In part one of a two-part series, we'd like to share some advice with our fans about how to manage kids' interactions with touchscreens.

1) Be picky!

Be picky about the kinds of apps that your child plays with on your tablet or smart phone.  If children are going to spend a lot of time playing apps on a device, it's important to make sure that all the games they are playing aren't mindless.  Children have many options when it comes to choosing games or apps for their tablets, and many of these options can be beneficial to a child's development.  We recommend looking for interactive books that teach children the joy of reading, educational apps, and games that spark children's creativity and imagination.  There are many websites that review apps to help give you a better idea of what's out there.  To name a few: Picky Kid App Guide, The iPhone Mom, Android Central's Kids section, Common Sense Media, and Fun Educational Apps.

 2) Give the tablet a bedtime!

One of the concerns for many parents is how their children's interactions with tablets might interfere with their sleep patterns.  This is a valid concern, and there are a few actions you can take to ensure that playing with your device does not affect your child's sleep.  First, it's important to set a curfew for your screens.  Set a time for the devices to go to bed and keep to it!  One way to enforce this rule is by making certain that the tablets don't enter the bedroom.  We recommend keeping the devices in high-traffic areas of the house, such as the kitchen or the living room, where you can oversee the tablet usage.

Be sure to check back for the rest of our tips and let us know if these make it any easier to manage your children's touchscreen usage.  We'd love to hear from you!