Earlier this month, I traveled to New York City to visit with VTech Toys about kids and techology. As part of our meeting, we were able to ask questions and will be appearing on a segment on the Better Show – set to air tomorrow – December 15th. You can find the time for your local area by heading here (in Kansas City, it will be on KSMO at 8 am).
The one thing that I was impressed about is that VTech of course wants to help your kids with having fun toys to play with – but they really care about what parents think. I actually had the opportunity to visit with two other bloggers – ToyQueen and Simply Being Mommy while I was there and we all raised some questions for the VTech expert. Some of the questions we raised included:
- How to you regulate technology time with your kids?
- How to do you ensure your children are playing with age appropriate toys?
- How do you introduce young children to technology?
- How much is too much?
One of my FAVORITE tips was to set up a technology contract with your kids! In there, you can outline the times of day they are allowed to be connected and how long. You can include fines and/or punishments if they do not bide by the contract. What a simple (and effective) way to monitor this. And the best part is that you can engage your children in establishing the terms, so that he/she has a say as well. When your kids are involved in setting it up, they are more likely to abide by it and not fight it.
What ideas do you have to share with other readers about technology and kids?