Whether we like it or not, technology is part and parcel of everyday life for – not just adults, but kids too. In fact, according to statistics, 93% of all 5-15-year-olds in the UK own their own smartphone or tablet.
Although that may seem shocking, when introduced in the right way, technology can have a positive impact. For example, when used in schools, technology can help teachers personalize lessons and create assignments that test individual pupils’ weaknesses.
If you’re wondering how to harness the power of tech to help your child, read on.
Why is educating your children about technology so important?
It improves their learning
The internet is a wonderful thing. With a wealth of resources at your fingertips, technology can help children learn at their own pace. With online resources available 24/7, children can improve their research skills and become self-sufficient and proactive.
As technology becomes more accessible by the day, it means it can be used not just at home – but in the classroom as well. Because it’s cheaper than ever before, schools can rely on technology to improve their lessons without breaking the budget. This is especially important as schools continue to feel the pinch.
Pupils love it
Hands up if you’ve ever had to prise a tablet off your child? If so, you’re not alone! Kids especially love technology. Unlike textbooks, tablets make learning fun by offering interactive alternatives to learning. Whether that’s video tutorials or virtual whiteboards, tech is almost certain to trump even the best textbook!
Tech skills are in demand
It’s no secret that nowadays skills in tech go a long way. As our children grow up around technology, they’re constantly developing crucial skills that’ll set them up later in life. From basic maths to complex problem solving – technology can help our children become experts of their generation.
Online tests can boost grades
Online tests are one of the best ways to improve your children’s grades. With online testing, pupils can work at their own pace. That way, students can take their time to work out the answer, without having to rush and move on.
How to properly introduce technology to your children?
Although it’s an entirely personal preference when you choose to introduce technology to your children, tech can be introduced to children from the age of two! However, if you are going to introduce tech to your children early, it’s important to keep it educational.
Once you’ve introduced technology to them, it’s a good idea to continue to keep it as educational as possible. For example, when children are a little older, you could introduce them to tools such as Lego Education, which teaches children about tech through interactive play.
Then, once you hit teenage years, consider setting time limits on mobiles and tablets to so your teen isn’t glued to their screen 24/7!
The bottom line…
Technology for kids is controversial – and for good reason. If our children spend too long using the wrong apps or social media, the effects can be harmful. However, by introducing technology the right way and keeping it educational, you can help your child to thrive way past their school years.