Technology for all the family

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With every generation comes new and unforeseen challenges. From the perils of rock’n’roll in the 1950s, to the scare stories of video nasties in the 1980s, there always seems to be something new and threatening to a child’s upbringing.

And in the 21st century, the internet has offered an incredible range of opportunities for learning and entertainment. But although getting your child acquainted with these new technologies is undoubtedly an integral part of their growing up experience, it’s important to understand the importance of maintaining a balance, and ensuring that they are using technology in a safe way.

Safety first

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We’ve all seen the scary headlines about children being exposed to things online that no child should see. That’s why it’s always important to monitor your child’s internet activity and establish strict guidelines.

The NSPCC has some useful tips about online safety for children that are well worth reading. Furthermore, there are also many adult content filters that can be arranged with your internet provider to ensure that your child doesn’t access any unsuitable sites. This means that if the family are sharing devices, then parents can still access their favourite sites such as Bingo Betway but the children wouldn’t be able to access such sites.

Which device

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Many schools are increasingly becoming tech-friendly as education systems realise the growing importance of technology in the workplace. This has been mirrored by the fact that many schools are now introducing iPads into the classroom to aid learning and research.

And in order for your child to be able to use technology effectively for their schoolwork, it may be a good idea to invest in a device of their own. There are many cheap and child-friendly tablets such as those designed by Vtech which offer a variety of different applications for different age ranges, and are thankfully durable enough to survive a day in the classroom too.

Family friendly

However, if you’re looking to save money, then it might also be an idea to purchase a slightly more advanced tablet or laptop that could be shared amongst the family.

This can be useful in limiting the amount of time that you child spends on the device, and will also encourage them to learn how to use the new technology under your supervision.

In doing this, your child will quickly learn to understand how to relate and react to the overwhelming array of information online through your guidance, which is a much safer and secure way of learning rather than through their peer group.

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