5 Reasons You Should Keep Your Two Year Old Away From Tablets

Let's be real: kids these days are different, entertainment is different, and technology is everywhere. The world is at our fingertips with our smart devices, and all of this is just as available to our kids as it is to us. We, however, like to think we know how to handle it in moderation; kids do not. What's the result? Kids who must be entertained at all times, who rely solely on technology to do it, who don't know what it's like to get outside. In order to avoid this for your child, eliminate the seed from being planted as early as two years old, and keep the tablets away. Here's why.

They Develop a Dependency on Entertainment

When we were kids, there were times we were bored. Sure, we fussed and cried about it some, but the result was perhaps a form of discipline that got us being more appreciative of what we had to play with. If not? We were just bored, and that's okay. Life isn't all about being entertained, although the convenient accessibility of tablets and smart devices would lead us to believe it is. The fact is, by giving your two your old a tablet to play with when he's fussy, you're teaching him that fussing will give him what he wants, and that he can always be entertained – and we all know that's not accurate. It's the easy way out for you, but it's wrongful teaching for your child.

Reasons You Should Keep Your Two Year Old Away From Tablets

They Become Gamers, Not Adventurers

If you've ever tried to carry on a conversation with an 8 year old, it didn't take you long to figure out that most can talk your ear off about apps and Minecraft and video games, but very few talk about climbing trees or building forts. Imagination has really taken a hit since tablets have taken over our households and become the go-to solution as a quick fix for a fussy child. Adventuring is a game that will start or stop early on in a child's life – so keeping tablets a way is a great way to promote a strong start.

Their Health Will Decline

Kids simply don't exercise when they use tablets. It's a stagnant activity, one that's done sitting around. Over time, this is going to wreak havoc on the health of your child. You don't quite realize just how much sitting around takes its toll until obesity sets in – a huge problem with many young children in America today. Prevent health issues early on by nipping tablet usage in the bud at an early age.

They Aren't Very Socialized

As they get sucked into tablet world early on in life, they miss out on all types of conversations and opportunities to make friends and meet new people. As a result, they often grow up and get into a classroom of kids and awkwardly withdraw. The only place they find comfort and solace is in the presence of their precious iPad – friends don't quite make the cut.

They'll Always Need the Latest and Greatest Technology

It's true that it starts young, and it's true for pretty much any desirable object... we always want the latest and greatest. Before the age of buying 6 year olds cell phones, however, parents actually said “No”. A child who hears “no” early on in life will be more likely to adapt to an answer they don't want to hear later on, say, around 16 years old when they're wanting a car. Your child may reach for the tablet to watch some video at 2 years old, but it never hurts to sternly respond with a, “No!”

The reasons are numerous as to why you should actually take care not to introduce tablets to your children at age 2. Fight the urge to ease the fussing with the convenience of a tablet; muster up a “no” and you'll be thankful you did years down the road.



How to Keep Your Children Safe from Technology

Keep Your Children Safe from Technology

Technology is a wonderful thing. It’s fast, convenient, and gives people access to the information super highway. It provides a lot of entertainment value too and ways to connect with others across the globe. When it comes to your children though, you want to keep them safe from technology so it doesn’t overwhelm them. You also want to make sure they don’t focus all of their free time on it. So, here are a few tips on keeping your kids safe.

Don’t Always Get them the Latest Gadgets

There are plenty of little gizmos like the Nintendo DS and the IPod that kids love to use. They’re fun, convenient, and they’re also popular. So of course when kids see all their friends getting them, they want one for themselves. These little gadgets are expensive, and a lot of the time it’s not even necessary to get them the newest model. Children love to play, and by holding off on getting them the newest gadget they’ll find other ways to entertain themselves. So, unless it’s your child’s birthday, hold on getting them one out of the blue. If they already have one, don’t get them a newer one just because it’s shinier than last year’s model.

Limit their Time on It

Technology is pretty amazing, but you want to limit your children’s time on it. The best way to do this is to monitor how much time they’re spending on it. Unless they’re doing research for a project or homework, don’t let them use it for hours on end each day. Usually 2-3 hours is the max your child should spend on technology. It’s easy for a child to find they’re entertainment from it and to get sucked in. They’re also programs for computers you can use that help you monitor your children on the computer and limit how much time they use it.

Set Rules and Safety Measures

Another way to keep your children safe from technology is to set rules and safety measures for them to follow. Do this by discussing with your children the risks involved if they share their personal information online. Instruct them what to look for and how to avoid predators. It will also help if you have firewall programs and child safety filters on any devices you may own. This way your children will not end up going to sites they’re not supposed to or accidentally downloading viruses.

Teaching your children to not use technology as a crutch for everything is another good way to keep them safe from it. Of course, video games are and other forms of entertainment aren’t bad for your children. It’s simply a matter of balancing it all out. By teaching your children early how to handle technology, you’re setting a good foundation for them. This will help them later on in life as they get older. They will learn how to find that balance for themselves, and not rely on you to set it.