In this digital era, it can be difficult to decide when to give your children their own smartphones, computers and tablets.
It’s true that that using technology at a young age has been linked to some negative side effects. For example, this study finds children and adolescents who play video games, and use social media on their phones tend to have difficulty falling asleep. Too much screen time has also contributed to obesity in adolescents. Studies show watching a screen makes it harder for kids to know when they’re full, so it’s easier to overeat. Screen time can reduce time spent doing other healthy activities, such as sports.
But staying entirely tech-free isn’t feasible these days. Luckily, there are now some kid-friendly choices on the market that can introduce your little ones to the digital world, but in a more controlled and even educational way. You still have to keep an eye on screen time and set some usage controls, but is possible for digital devices to actually add value to your children’s lives, not take away from it.
Whether you are looking for MP3 devices or tablets with parental controls, these seven tech gadgets may be potential choices for your family.
Research from this study.