Technology is a hot commodity that has shaped the way in which we interact and learn in the 21st century. Children born during the fast paced technological era have essentially been conditioned since inception. Often times, children see parents  and classmates utilizing some form of technology in  their households . Surprisingly, some children have access to tablets and smartphones before they can walk or even talk. The prevalence of technology has not gone unnoticed and while there are benefits to technology, there are potential consequences to excessive technological consumption.

          Anything consumed in excess is never a good thing and parents should be mindful of the time their children spend engaged with technology. Some tips when introducing your child to the world of technology, are to communicate about healthy boundaries when accessing technology. KidNation encourages discussing with children your concerns and what constitutes as healthy technological consumptions. As technology continues to advance and new devices become accessible to the public,  it is crucial to educate yourselves on the appropriate device for your child’s age. While tablets and iPads are some of the most popular devices among children, you’ll discover that as children approach their teenage years, they began to prefer smartphones over tablets. Studies have found that 39% of Children in the US own a smartphone.

            Although there are some drawbacks to this influx of technology, there are also some benefits as well. Technology aids in improving socialization skills and relationship building. Other benefits include improvements in problem solving and enhanced learning and hand-eye coordination. There is also something to be said about how technology breeds creativity and freedom of expression. These benefits only increase as the children mature. The introduction of new technology can be a daunting concept for parents not familiar with current technology. Even the most seasoned parents may have issues when it comes to introducing new technology to their children.  There are some universal safety rules children and parents  should know and be prepared to follow.  Children should always be reminded to never communicate with strangers on the internet and to always protect their private information. You’ll be happy to know KidNation values the safety of your children on the internet and has created a safe space where kids can express themselves freely. KidNation has also created a worry free environment for parents who may be apprehensive about allowing their kids to navigate the internet without constant supervision. The KidNation platform features a simplified user interface, parental control features and unique dashboard tools. These measures allow parents to limit screen time and  even control content features. Although new technology can be scary to navigate initially, it does not have to be when choosing the right platform for your children. When thinking of appropriate and quality content for your child’s digital consumption, look no further than KidNation.com.

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