On previous posting, I wrote that it’s better for children to use child’s gadget instead using adult’s gadget. It’s because child’s gadget has been loaded with child’s games, videos, songs, etc which are suitable for them. Hence, this may work well with children under 6 years old. As for children above 6 years old, they may need more than what child’s gadget offer.
The reason is because children above 6 years old have entered elementary school. When they are in the elementary school, there are factors we need to consider. The factors are:
- Peers Influence
In elementary school, peers start giving more influence to children’s social life than in kindergarten. What trends among children are starting to matter for them and may affect their social life. For example, there’s a game which is trend among children. The game can only be downloaded from the apps store which isn’t available in our child’s gadget. Therefore, our child can’t play it. If their classmates have played the game, our child won’t be able to talk about it at school. There’s a big possibility he will be left out in the conversation. This way, his social life has been affected which may lead to another problem, for instance he may not want to go to school.
- School Works
In elementary school, there are school works which require children to browse from the web. Therefore, they must have access to the web.
Knowing the the factors above will help us to choose the right child’s gadget which suit our children’s need. Here are the tips of choosing gadget for our children based on their age:
Gadget for children under 6 years old
- Choose the child’s gadget which has been loaded with child’s game, video, songs, etc or loaded with the apps store which all apps in it are for children only.
- Choose the child’s gadget which is browser free. This way, children won’t accidentally enter unsuitable web and it will avoid children from getting unsuitable ads.
Gadget for children above 6 years old
- Choose the child’s gadget which allows them to access many children’s favorites. This kind of gadget is still usually safe for children because it’s loaded with parental control apps. So, parents can choose the trending games, videos, books, songs, etc which are suitable for their children and block the unsuitable ads for children.
- There’s another option of choosing the child’s gadget which is giving the adult’s gadget for children. It will be definitely able to accommodate their needs. Hence, there’s an important to do if this is the option we choose. We must download the parental control apps. So, parents can control which sites can be accessed by children,blocking ad and divide the gadget into child mode and parent mode. When children use the gadget, they can only choose the child mode which is safe for them. And parents can give password to adult mode, so children can’t access it.
Those are the tips of choosing the right child’s gadget based on children’s age. Picking the right gadget which suit children’s need will make children use their gadget optimally. They won’t feel bored easily or want another gadget as what offered in their gadget are just perfect for them.