How you can introduce your kids to tech (in a smart way)

Nov 2 2018, 11:41 pm

Technology is advancing faster than ever, and, even as adults, we can struggle to keep up. But what about children? They’re born into this new high tech world and will be better with a touchscreen than you are before they’re done grade school.

How and when to introduce kids to tech is something parents are thinking about. The average age children are getting their first smartphone is 10, according to research firm Influence Central. But how can you prepare your child for the moment they do get their first smartphone?

It’s easy. Introduce them to tech before then — in a smart way. Children want to be engaged, but they also want to have fun and play. And you can meet them halfway with toys that will help them learn and develop while also getting a safe introduction to technology.

Here are some of the smart ways you can introduce your kids to tech.

Give them their first (kids) smart device

KidiBuzz™/VTech Canada

Chances are you’re tired of giving your phone to your child to have it dropped and covered in food. You already know you’re not getting them a real smartphone, so why not give them their own kids’ version? KidiBuzz™ is suitable for ages four to eight and gives kids independence as they can send texts, voice messages, photos, and stickers over Wi-Fi (through the KidiConnect app) to their parents and friends on their parent-approved contact list.

The KidiBuzz™ is preloaded with more than 40 exciting learning games and apps. Kids can also check out popular pre-approved websites through the kid-safe web browser. It’s also shatter-safe so you won’t have to get a screen repaired.

Let them sing to their heart’s content

School choirs and recitals are all ahead of kids so why not help them get ready by introducing them to music at a young age? Music is known to help boost mood and giving your child their own KidiStar Karaoke Machine™ can help them to learn lyrics as they sing along to their favourite songs. The karaoke machine comes with a disco light and lets kids record themselves for up to five minutes, giving them time to shine. You can always join in and help them sing along, too!

Remind them of the importance of time

As you get older, you realize the importance of time and how everything you do is measured by it. You can help your kids see its importance early on with a smartwatch that’s even cooler than your own. Suitable for ages four to 12, the Kidizoom® Smartwatch DX2™ helps them tell the time with analog and digital customizable watch faces. They can also take pictures and selfies, all with a stylish design. They can also play games by using augmented reality to help kids find and capture monsters in the real world and track steps with a motion sensor.

Introduce them to interactive reading

LeapStart® 3D/LeapFrog Canada

Finding joy in reading as a child is something that your kids will carry with them throughout their lives. When reading can be combined with interactive activities, even better. The LeapStart® 3D is an all-in-one learning system for active minds that enhance learning to help build reading, problem-solving skills, math, and more. It also comes with a grow-with-me stylus that helps children get comfortable with their writing grip. It’s got more than 30 activities from ages two to seven, making it a fun, educational toy that your child will have for years to come.

For more information and to browse some of these products, visit LeapFrog and VTech Toys Canada.

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