My husband and I have always been, I guess you could say, anti-tech as far as our kids are concerned. Technology seems to be anti-social and non-productive, so screen time is something that we monitor quite strictly. After all, we survived childhood without having our face 10 inches away from a screen for hours at a time.
But here’s the thing. Our eldest started school last year. And well it was fair to say that she was a little behind (most) of her peers in the technology department. Funny story… she tried to touch the screen of a computer and use it like an iPad because she didn’t know what a computer mouse was or what it was for.
We, as a family, have come along way since then. Although my husband and I are still firm believers in playing outside, breathing fresh air and running through the grass, we are trying to combine that with appropriate amounts of our children’s time spent interacting with ICT.
Our daughter is now in Year 1. I am pleased to say that she has caught up in her technology skills deficit and is quite proficient in the use of desktop computers, laptops and iPads. Luckily for us, her school embraces technology and has fantastic facilities available for the students to use. Just this week I was emailed a list of apps from my daughter’s teacher that she can use to complete her homework.
Homework?! On an iPad?! Every 5 year old’s dream come true! And well, if it makes the homework battle easier, who am I to say no?!
Here’s a handy website that has age appropriate lists of some of the best apps of 2016 so far.