When your five-year-old can use your iPad better than you can, it’s probably a sign that you’re a bit behind the times when it comes to technology.
Technological developments have not only changed the way our kids play and learn; but also the way we parent. These days kids will often prefer to play with your smart phone than play outside with their friends.
It can be quite daunting raising children in the ever growing world of technology and media. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help both you and your child navigate through the digital world easily and safely.
Christophe Boudet, Managing Director of IT solutions company, Akita has outlined his top tech tips for parents who feel like they might be two steps behind their digitally savvy children.
1. Turn on parental controls on your iPad or computer
The iPad's parental controls can limit which websites your child can view and put an age restriction on the apps downloaded. You can even turn off app downloads completely, which will allow you to closely monitor what your child is doing on the iPad.
2. Don’t go overboard
There’s a fine line between ensuring your children stay safe and being overly anxious. The internet is part of modern life and children should be encouraged to use it in a safe and productive way.
3. Be aware of all the technology they’re using
These days it’s not just the family computer that has internet access – apply safety measures to all your devices, including mobile phones and tablets.
4. Get involved
Ask your children to show you what they’re up to. Make an effort to understand what they’re doing and open up a dialogue.
5. Make use of apps designed to make parenting easier
If you can’t beat them, join them! There are hundreds of apps designed for smart phones and tablet computers that can make some aspects of parenting that little bit easier.