You want, you don't want, Digital Media marks the era in which we live and where your child grows. The negative stigma of technology, given its potential negative effects, can cause you to believe that your TV, smartphone and tablet are a danger to your little one. In reality, you can says "YES" without fear, if you know how to use them for the benefit of the child. Below, we tell you how!
Too much exposure to information, violence, inappropriate messages for a young age, hyperstimulation - these are all arguments that can cause you to see in the Digital Media an enemy.
Things are not far off so if you learn to control the way your child uses technology. In a world where children "breathe" digital, it is important to know how to guide your child to learning the key skills he or she will need later in life.
The opportune moment of exposure to the Digital Media
"I will not leave my child on the TV until the age of 5" or "The mobile phone will receive it when it enters the school " - Here are two positions most parents take with respect to the Digital Media, until proven otherwise.
You will not be able to completely isolate your child from the TV and other electronic devices, since they are part of your family's life. So all you can do is get to know your little one at the right time.
Young children learn best from direct interactions with others and do not understand much when they look at a bright and animated screen, and may even be affected by this excessive stimulation. Here is what it is best to wait until the age of three to introduce Digital Media into your child's life.
From this point, you can encourage your little one to watch on your TV or laptop cartoons suitable for his age, which not only entertains him, but also has a calming effect on him. In addition, if you accompany him in this activity, you will be able to explain some concepts (why does the pet "X" in one way or another, which means being angry or happy, etc.) and thus transforming the look into drawings animated in an educational experience.
Later, at preschool, you can show him more video games that will stimulate them spiritually competitively or develop their thinking (puzzles, color matching games, etc.). Get interested in mobile educational applications, which help to learn the clock, English etc.
If you allow your 4-6 year old to live interactive experiences in a supervised environment, a smart phone or tablet can only be useful learning tools.
Electronic devices recommended for children
Another sensitive point in exposing the child to Digital Media is the choice of devices that the child can safely use. Although your little one will probably be tempted to ask for your smartphone to play on it, being "handy" or seeing you using it, try to guide it rather to a more generous display tablet. The elements on its screen are larger and the buttons are easier to press.
Attention also to the activity of the child on the tablet: installs software to block any content that is inappropriate for minors and help him find repetitive games, graphics, sounds and animations that teach him basic information about how to pronounce words or easy mathematical concepts.
Other games and applications recommended to children for their effect stimulation of thought they are puzzle games, memory games, games for the care of virtual animals, drawing games or musicals.
Digital media as measured
Even if Digital Media can be helpful in the mental development of your child, under the above conditions, be careful not to turn into his only way of spending his free time. It is still essential to spend time with him, to interact in real life, to go outdoors and to explore the environment.
- Don't forget to set limits: access to Digital Media should be 1-2 hours a day, and you need to know exactly which applications to use and especially which web pages to browse;
- Put price on play "offline": make it a priority to play daily with your child in a traditional way, do not allow them to get used exclusively to the virtual environment;
- Be a role model: make sure that you, too, do not spend all your time in front of the TV or tablet;
- Do not forget about face-to-face communication: children learn best by communicating directly with others, do not deprive him of this only because video games fascinate him.
How do you make room for Digital Media in your child's life? Do you agree that he will use a tablet or smartphone?
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