As many young children embark on their journey through the school years, they will face increasing pressure and expectations from peers to be connected to the world via mobile devices and the Internet as part of both their social lives and studies. This is far-removed from the experiences of their parents’ schooldays and Dr Amanda Gummer urges them to understand and embrace their technology as part of keeping children safe online.
Young children are tech-natives and many preschool children will have access to technology in the home. The versatility of technology enables children’s learning to be much more bespoke and therefore more relevant, engaging and enjoyable and Dr Gummer, founder of child development, play and tech advice website Fundamentally Children believes that parents should not be afraid of encouraging their children to engage with technology as part of a balanced play diet.
“Getting independent expert advice on apps, eSafety and managing screen time can help parents feel more in control of their children’s technology. In the mean time, here're some tips from the experts at Fundamentally Children on what to look for when evaluating the pros and cons of the tech children engage with,” says Dr Gummer.
Look for technology that
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