Today the new iPad was released in stores. I did not get one. I have a first generation iPad and both Allison and I let Eva use our iPads for her own apps. So we wont be passing down our iPads anytime soon, maybe when iPad 4 comes out, we’ll see. However, I did have an old iPod Touch that I passed down to Eva. We gave Eva’s old video iPod to Andrew so that there could be music in his room.
I’m pretty sure that I secured the device so that Eva would be safe on it but I’m going to run through these tips below inspired from a recent PBS Kids survey. There are some great tips her for parents who want to give their kids some access to technology.
Tips for Handing Down Tech to Kids.
I have a number of iPad App reviews coming up next week, one for each day. these are age appropriate apps for preschool kids. Perfect apps to put on that handed down device.
- Sweep it: All devices should be cleaned of any content including personal files, credit card information, etc. before handing down to kids. Parents should swipe all their browser “cookies” and perform an application sweep.
- Secure it: There are parental controls on most tech devices that can turn certain features on and off. Settings on the iPhone, for example, that can be restricted include explicit song titles, Internet browser, YouTube, iTunes and the camera.
- Set limits: As with any new toy, parents should set expectations and limitations with their kids when the device is handed down, and should encourage other forms of learning and play beyond the screen.
- Find the right apps for your child: A good app is the perfect combination of education and entertainment, and should be appropriate for your child’s age and stage of development.
- Avoid apps that try to sell: Apps labeled “lite” or “free” often attempt to make money by trying to sell virtual items while a child is playing a game, or link to another related app that requires payment to download. Select apps from trusted, reliable sources, and make sure that they are not trying to market to your child.
Disclosure: I am PBSKids.org VIP Ambassador for 2012. I get some great info from PBS Kids and pass it on to you. Opinions are 100% my own
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