If your answer is yes, don’t worry, you’re not alone. A recent study has shown that many Australian parents are more afraid of social media and technology than alcohol or drugs. While these concerns are legitimate, we from ELANATION want to show you the positive side of the digital space. To help you worry less, here are five reasons why your kids should get familiar with technology.
1. Access to a wealth of information and education
This one’s a biggie and a major reason why adults go online too. Compared to traditional learning, kids now have almost unlimited access to curated sources of content online. This new world of knowledge can enhance their learning experience allowing them to go in-depth for their assignments at school.
2. Improved vocabulary and evaluation skills
Kids are curious and want to know more. When they do their own research, they need to expand their vocabulary and Google search terms. This requires appropriate selection of words but also critical evaluation of the search results. Over time, the kids’ vocabulary improves and their evaluation skills get sharpened. The more they practise, the faster they’ll find the right information.
3. Increased problem-solving skills
Interactive websites and applications stimulate the kids’ problem-solving skills while they make their way through the digital space. Even encountering obstacles like a non-working WiFi connection or an app which doesn’t load properly can reinforce their problem-solving skills.
4. Preparation the future
Many things around us are becoming digital and the digitalisation trend is only growing. Parental fears should not hinder kids’ development in the digital space. It’s a big opportunity to let your kids become tech-savvy and give them a head start for that new reality.
5. Connection with friends
No parent wants their kids to miss out on the social opportunities outside school and sports practise. In moderation, access to social networks can foster kids’ relationships and connections with their friends also from across the country. This can provide them with a safety net of trusted contacts which can boost their confidence and self-image.
Not sure where to start?
Of course, it’s key that the kids learn how to move in and master the digital space. Need a few tips to kickstart the tech talk with your kids? Check out this blog article with advice on how to ensure a good digital experience for your little ones.