The Upside of Tech for Children
12th April 2018
To prepare your child for a world of technology, Guardian has a range of resources designed to arm them with the skills they’ll need to become 21st-century citizens. And this includes technology. Because technology is so integrated into our lives, by using open-ended, intelligent learning experiences, we assist children in developing a healthy relationship with technology.
Across all our devices, technology plays a huge part in shaping our environment. At Guardian, we use apps (like our family communication app, StoryPark) that enhance the way our centres operate, as well as simplifying life for families. It’s easy to fear overexposure to electronic devices and opt only for physical toys and resources, but the truth lies somewhere in the middle. With the right rules, iPads are much more than just electronic babysitters. When used with thoughtfulness and with collaboration, technology has huge educational benefits. The iPad’s aptitude for learning is unlimited; there are hundreds of apps specifically designed to enhance a child’s learning.
Technology is already everywhere, and it will play an increasing part in your child’s future. Through intentional use, it can bolster learning experiences by increasing motivation and concentration. With access to high-quality programs, the iPad can be used to inspire critical and creative thinking, as well as sharpen skills in communication and problem-solving.
There are two sides to the story – even though iPads can be excellent devices for learning, it’s imperative to set strict rules around screen time. The best way to approach this issue is to curate your child’s tech experience by making sure they only watch or use premium quality programs and apps. To keep up with their learning – get involved and sit with them when they’re using their iPad. As the old saying goes – ‘everything in moderation,’ so simply balance screen time with non-screen-based experiences.
At Guardian, this is the app that keeps parents up-to-date with their child and their educators. As a secure and private app, it allows educators to post information, photos and video documenting your child’s day. To aid in our collaboration, this app gives us the ability to connect in real time and get greater insight into each child’s curiosity, needs and aptitude. This tool allows us all to build a more effective support system and enhance outcomes. To download it, go to the App Store and look up ‘StoryPark.’
Quality apps are the key to using technology for the greater good. To get you started, go to commonsensemedia.org, which is a leading, independent site offering reviews on a range of digital material. For guaranteed engagement, go to the App Store and download the following apps:
- Tickle Tap Toddler Pack – Preschool Learning Games
- My First Puzzles
- ABC Reading Eggs
By better understanding what technology can bring to your child’s learning, you can help equip them for a healthy technology-literate life.
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