Technology and a growing child

Kids begin learning from the womb and while human contact is of primary importance, technology can play a major role in development.  According to surveys conducted by various pediatric institutes, a child’s overall development through the use of technology can be compartmentalized into the following sections:

0 to 12 months: The Button Pusher – Learns cause and effect with electronic toys can handle cell phones set to ‘airplane mode.’

1 to 2 years: The High-Tech Mimic – Watches educational programs, tinkers with basic cause-and-effect apps on cell phones and starts to imitate mom’s tech habits.

2 to 3 years: The App-y Toddler – Uses an eReader for story time, sorts shapes and finds hidden objects on cell phone apps and is ready for electronic toys that teach numbers, letters, and vowel sounds.

3 to 4 years: The Swiper – Regularly uses a tablet— yours (until MOSTI was born), plays apps that feature simple puzzles and matching games.

4 to 5 years: The World Wide Wanderer – Uses the internet under supervision and plays active video games with the family.

There is really is no ‘right’ age to allow kids to dip a toe into the digital pond, so why wait for technology to force its way into your kid’s life when you can integrate it with your child’s development on your own terms.

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Did You Know…

Back in the 1990’s studies have shown that kids learnt to play Super Mario Bros before they learned to ride a bike. Fast forward to 2014 and the trend is still very much the same. According to a study by AVG Technologies, young children are more adept at technology than some basic life skills.

In a poll conducted in 2013 of 2,200 mothers with Internet access and children between 2 and 5 years old, more children knew how to play video games (58%) than knew how to ride a bike (43%). If riding a bike seems a little too hard, how about more kids knowing how to play with a Smartphone (19%) than tying their own shoelaces (9%) or making it to the toilet in time (7%)!