Just like parents throughout history, you want the best for your children. Unlike the parents of the past, you have to navigate the world of technology, not just your own relationship to it, but also the relationship between your children and technology. It’s not an easy task and you may find yourself asking a million questions looking for the right answers for you and your family. Ultimately, the answers will be yours and yours alone, but we wanted to help provide you with a framework for choosing the right technology for your family.
The first question that you need to ask yourself is who is the technology for. You know your child best and more than anyone else, you know how a new tech toy will affect him or her. So, above and beyond every other question you are going to ask yourself about technology in the household, keep this one in mind.
A natural second question to ask yourself about electronics for your children is what. How do you actually go about choosing the right technology for your kids? For instance, you may be looking for the best headphones for edm for your teen or the best educational STEM toy for your primary school child. Well, very likely you will consider a lot of the same things you would if you were choosing something for yourself: quality, price, durability, and maybe even style, but one thing will be more important when it comes to your little ones, safety. With these things in mind, you will certainly find something great for your children.
The obvious ‘where’ question is where is the best place to buy electronics for your kids, but the more important question is where, or under what circumstances, will you allow your kids to use their new tech toys? It’s important to have a clear idea of what the rules for electronics will be; deciding the rules ahead of time can save distress and frustration in the long run.
How young is too young for electronics? There are plenty of articles touting the dangers of introducing kids to electronics at too young an age, but every parent knows that keeping them away is easier said than done. Whatever you decide, make sure you do make a conscious decision and stick to it. It is also important to decide, as a family, what time and how much time is appropriate for electronic use.
The last question you need to ask yourself is why. Kids don’t inherently need technology until it becomes an educational necessity, so it’s important to consider the reasons for allowing your kids to use it. There are plenty of excellent social and educational opportunities for kids online, but plenty of dangers as well.
When it comes to choosing the right technology for your children, you know best. Of course, it’s important to ask yourself the right questions and to do your research, but when it comes down to it, trust your instinct and don’t forget that tech time can still be family time.