Let’s prepare our children for the digital age! We created these 10 golden rules as a safety measure so parents know whether kids are spending too much time on a tablet and whether they’re using it in a meaningful way.
Show children how to use the device properly.
Protecting the tablet with a case is a great idea, but it’s also good to show kids some basic rules of using the device correctly: they should have clean hands, and sit still in a comfortable position. We also recommend you adjust the tablet settings when necessary, especially in terms of volume and brightness for the given light conditions.
Avoid annoying ads by setting up parental guidance.
You don’t have to be afraid of letting your kids use a device without supervision. All devices have parental functions and locks that ensure kids always play within in a safe and appropriate environment.
– iOS: Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access
– Android: Settings > Security > Screen Pinning
If your child is spending time in an online environment, keep in mind the rules of online safety. For parents of preschool kids, this means filtering website content in the browser settings, and using websites with guaranteed safe content or with direct access to a children’s section. It’s also never too early to explain to kids that they should never share their personal data or photos online. Learn how to protect your child from cyberbullying.
It’s not just about screen time; it’s about good content and meaningful play.
When it comes to kids and technology, the question how much is too much is a regularly debated one. Numerous studies show that rather than obsessing over time limits, parents should think about whether the activity the child is doing on the device is meaningful. The ideal amount of screen time is subject to your own judgment and the individual needs of your child. But make sure that using a tablet is only one of the many activities your child does during the day.
Hold yourself to the same standards that you hold your children.
As adults, we basically live with our phones glued to our hands, even when we’re with our kids. Ask yourself if you might be using it too much when your child is talking to you, or when you are doing something together. If possible, don’t take your phone to a family dinner.
Become a kids’ app detective and keep tabs on what your kid plays.
Before kids ever start playing a new app, get to know the app for yourself.
Make use of all the functions your device has to offer.
There are great functions you can use both indoors and outdoors, such as:
Watching what kids like doing on the tablet can give you important insights.
Do your kids enjoy drawing on the tablet? Learning numbers? Listening to music? Playing with animals? Solving puzzles? You can find out what digital activity appeals to them most by simple observation. Use their interest as a basis for reading books about the same topic, doing various experiments indoors and outdoors, or even choosing a club in the future.
Kids learn best through stories and storytelling.
When it comes to nurturing a child’s imagination, nothing beats a good book. Interactive books on tablets offer animated features that immerse kids in the story even more. Read and talk about the story together: this will help develop children’s communication skills and nurture their love of reading.
Search for new apps and games using specific keywords.
When searching for new apps on the App Store or Google Play, try using keywords such as “education”, “learning”, “kids”, “preschool”, and alternate combinations of those words.
Find recommendations from certified sources and also endorse the content you like.
Nowadays it’s easy to find inspiration online from other parents or preschool teachers who recommend a certain app. Detailed reviews can tell you a lot about a game’s content and appropriateness. Leave your own reviews to help other parents in their search!
Reading is a gift. Passing on the value of reading to our kids is a tribute to their life and to world culture. Books educate, teach, and help children enter new worlds, discover the unknown, and come closer to the truth or falsehood of what is known. Books arouse feelings, senses, and reactions.
Friendship is one of the most important values to develop in children's education. It’s personal, pure and unselfish affection shared with another person that grows and is strengthened by relationships. For a child to learn about the value of friendship, it’s necessary to develop their knowledge, skills, emotions, experience, feelings, and to prepare them for living in harmony and respect.
There are many reasons why we want our children to enjoy the latest products—toys, technological innovations, fashion, etc. Often we indulge children with things they want before we indulge ourselves, sometimes we defend the situations when the child is excluded from their peer group for not being ‘cool’ enough, and sometimes we want to make up for the time we didn’t spend with our kids. But when there’s a lack of money or a budget priority for some other things, it’s better to stay strong and resist our own temptations and pressure from our children.