New and emerging technologies have always been associated with the younger generations. Older people tend to be set in their ways, leaving tech-savvy millennials in the forefront of discovering and embracing new devices as they arrive on the scene. Younger people learn more quickly, and that goes for technology in the same way it goes for everything else.
According to the research and development unit of Yudala, the decision on when a child can be allowed access to technological gadgets such as laptops, tablets and smartphones is to be made by parents during their children’s formative years.
It said recent studies showed that active or interactive technology and screen time can actually help to develop and improve your kid’s learning, when used appropriately, and highlighted a number of ways children can benefit from early exposure to modern technology.
Develop Maths skills
Research shows that younger children are more interested in the short-term goals of games, which are essential in problem solving. Logic games, obstacle courses and other applications on tech devices go a long way to build your child’s basic mathematic skills by imbuing them with the capacity for quantitative reasoning. For parents, this is very important as the phobia or apathy often expressed by most people for Mathematics is a result of wrong or late exposure to its usefulness in the analysis and interpretation of real-world quantitative information.
Improve language skills
The benefits of technology for kids, especially at an early age are numerous. One of such areas is in developing their language skills. There are many of applications and games to help boost their vocabulary and teach them to look for word meanings when they come across an unfamiliar word.
More visually attentive kids
Exposure to games and other relevant applications on tech devices can help raise a generation of more visually attentive kids. This is because a significant amount of attention to detail is required on the part of kids when exposed to visually stimulating contents on tablets and other entry-level gadgets. There are many devices that can help build the requisite attention to detail and capacity for visual attention in children.
Emotional intelligence is a buzzword that is becoming increasingly relevant in the contemporary work-place. Most organisations today prioritise the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. This quality can be developed in your child right from an early age through exposure to technology. There are numerous emotional intelligence apps pre-loaded on tablets which teach kids what emotions are, how they work, and how to use them and manage them for social interaction and learning. Among other things, these applications teach a child how to recognise other people’s emotions, to discriminate among the different feelings, and to label them appropriately. Armed with this insight, your child can learn from an early age how to refrain from emotional outbursts and undisciplined loss of self-control, thus leading to a well-rounded personality.
Build discipline and self-motivation
Exposing your child to technology from an early age is a sure way of building discipline and self-motivation, two qualities that are ultimately crucial to your child’s future development. A lot of games and activities on tech devices often require the user to complete a task in order to progress to another level. Completing the entire course requires a huge dose of mental discipline and personal resolve. As a result, exposure to these learning apps inadvertently challenges a child and pushes him/her to strive to go the extra lengths in order to enjoy the thrill and satisfaction that come from achievement. Your child, therefore, develops a disciplined mindset that sees challenges as surmountable as long as he/she keeps trying to overcome them. This is effortlessly transferred to real-life situations.
Develop new talents
Technology can help unearth hitherto-hidden skills and talents in your child. From being exposed to certain musical instruments or skills such as painting on the screen of a tablet, for instance, your child can develop a keen interest, which may see him/her becoming proficient at these activities. With the aid of technology, which bridges the gap, you may not even have to pay the hefty fees of enrolling your child in a physical music or painting class to learn. There are loads of apps that your child can take advantage of to learn and become the next Mozart or Leonardo da Vinci. Early exposure to technology has the potential to unlock amazing new interests in your child which, coupled with the natural curiosity in kids, can transform your child into a whiz-kid.
A note of caution: It is important to mention that parental supervision is key. A child should not be given a tablet without supervision. Handing over a tech device to your child requires a great level of responsibility. So, as a parent, be sure to trust your instinct. However, the fact is allowing children have access to tech devices can benefit them in many ways. As a parent, you may be nervous at first, but there are some real, tangible benefits to be derived from exposing your child to tech devices such as tablets. Most experts recommend not more than a half hour of screen time per sitting for a child. This is bearing in mind that tablets may be addictive for children because it allows quick, instant access to everything in the real world. As long as parents do their best to monitor, protect, and prepare their children, and usage doesn’t get out of hand, technology exposure can provide great opportunities for children to grow and develop.
A 404 error is a message that comes up on an Internet browser’s window when a webpage cannot be found. This is a clients-side error, which indicates that the user did not type the correct URL or that the page has been removed. It may also be that the webpage is temporarily not available due to upgrade or renaming.
In order to fix this error, reload the web page by pressing F5 keypad or clicking on the refresh button, or type in the URL again.
You can also check for missing letters and figure of symbol in the URL. This is because the 404 error appears sometimes because the URL was incorrect or the link that was clicked on points to the wrong URL.
To confirm the correct web address, search for the page using a search engine like Google or Bing. Once you are able to get the correct web address from the search engine, add it to your bookmark.