Can a preschooler be a techie? In this day and age, many of them are well on their way from the earliest age. For kids who are inclined toward technology, the contemporary world is their oyster. From iPhones to laptops, from games to gadgets, an amazing high-tech world is at their fingertips.
That is, if parents let those little fingers anywhere near the computer, phone, iPod, etc. For many families, that's a big IF. The social and intellectual implications of children's exposure to technology are constant topics of debate in schools, homes and the media. Figuring out how much and what kind of technology to expose our children to is not easy.
In the next two weeks here at Being Savvy, we'll be focused on making the best possible use of technology with our preschoolers. We understand the enormous value of an unplugged childhood, yet are also aware that in strategic doses, exposure to technology can serve young children well.
Starting tomorrow, we'll be getting into the nitty-gritty of what kinds of apps, sites and games do the best job of promoting creativity and learning. We'll let you in on tips for safe online surfing for kids, and on techie solutions to keep parents organized. And let's remember, being a techie isn't necessarily all about "screen-time." We have recommendations for a whole range of books, toys and scientific instruments can satisfy your little techie's voracious appetite for figuring out how things work. We'll also be casting a glance back at our own techie past: remember when Star Wars and Star Trek were the latest and greatest? In your little one's eyes, they are brand new once again. What fun!
Simply put, we 21st parents have no choice but to get savvy about kids and technology. Let's get started.
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