Setting Standards for Kids and Technology (Part 2)

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Sunday, November 24th, 2013

by TabTale

In part 1 of our “setting standards for kids and tech” post we shared two tips for parents looking to manage their children’s interactions with technology.  Our first suggestion was to be selective about the kinds of apps you allow your children to use.  Second, we shared our favorite ways to make sure that technology doesn’t keep your growing children from getting a solid night’s rest. In this segment we’d like to share a few more of the tricks that are sure to keep your child from becoming a touch screen addict! 1. Be social! First, we’d like to address the importance of putting away the tablets and screens when your children are with family or friends. It’s important for kids to socialize and to learn how to communicate with people directly.  The tablet should never be the focus of a play date, instead remember the intangible benefits of playing make believe and dress up for real. 2.  Look for Help!! It’s also important to realize that you’re not alone when dealing with your children and the tablet.  Other concerned parents have dealt with this dilemma before, and a lot of them have great ideas about how to best manage kids usage of, and expectations about, technology. It’s also important that parents step up and set limits on app usage. We all know that you can get too much of a good thing! 3. Play together! Our final suggestion is to play with the apps together with your children.  Many parents use the tablet as a babysitting device, but these devices can be used for play with both parents and children.  Many apps can be fun and engaging for parents and the best way to supervise your child’s interactions with the screen is by participating. We’re clearly not the only folks who have thought of ways to make technology management for kids easier.  Check out some of these helpful articles too! Mashable: Kids and Tech: Parenting Tips for the Digital Age  CDC: Tips for Parents in a High-Tech World FTC: Six Timely Tips for Using Apps with Kids We hope these tips have been helpful!  Please let us know if you have any other great ideas in the comments section.