These days, everyone has a tablet. Some even have a spare. Tablet computers have the advantages of being small, light, and easy to carry around. You may have even purchased one during the holiday season. Either new or old, a tablet has become essential for parenting. But, how do you make the tablet kid-friendly? Let’s talk about it.
Child Proof Preparation
Clear browsing history, emails, and banking information before you part with your tablet is very important. If you use Android, you can clear your data by going to Settings. An iOS user on the other hand, must go to General and choose Erase All Content and Settings to start over from the beginning.
If the tablet is going to be used a lot by kids, it will need a more durable case. If you have a juice-box user, it might be ideal to have a watertight case. Keep in mind that a protective case should be both strong and light. In addition, a screen protector is an excellent option. As you know, children’s hands are frequently covered in a variety of sticky substances.
It would be smart to set up a child safety lock as well. Setting a PIN in the settings will allow you to secure the screen. It is possible to restrict the apps your child can use on Apple and Android devices. The PIN is required every time they wish to switch between apps or gain access to something else. This small sense of security would allow your child to play if they cannot be constantly monitored.
Finding the Right Apps
Nowadays, you can find a plethora of kid-specific apps in the App Store. Install some fun and informative apps on the child’s device before giving it to them. You can use Common Sense Media to help identify apps that are appropriate for the age group you’re looking to cater to. Visit Zerotothree.org if you want to learn more. This methodology helps you select information that is engaging, active, meaningful, and social.
When Should Children use Tablet Computers?
The age at which a youngster should begin using electronic gadgets is highly debatable. The general consensus is to wait till your child is at least three years old. In many cases, children are already “active media users” by the time they reach the age of three.
If you have a child between the ages of 4 and 11, they can use a tablet more independently, but they should still be closely monitored. When it comes to encouraging children’s digital literacy, it’s our responsibility as adults to keep a close eye on their behavior, watch with them, and ask probing questions.
You should always go through the tablet’s regulations with your child, no matter how old they are. You’ll want to teach your child how to use this device properly and ethically.
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