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“Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.” – Ash, “Alien,” 20th Century Fox, 1979 All around the globe, kids are about the only things that don’t come with halfway-decent instruction manuals and detailed warning labels. The way we parents fumble through raising them, it’s amazing the little suckers survive. Boy, they’re resilient. They have to be because according to the PRB (Population Reference Bureau), 27 percent of the 2011 7 billion worldwide population was below age 15. That means roughly 20 percent of the total (about 1.9B) are below 13 -- the magic age when they break through the teen barrier. We can’t exactly recall, but we believe being a teenager is kinda’ a big thing. Of course, they don’t wait until they’re teenagers before they start scoring on all of the technology stuff. Head Start A combination of parental guilt of not giving them a jump start on their future, dotting grandparents, peer pressure, and begging/pleading starts them on the path of getting their phones, tablets, computers, Facebook page, etc.
you text them. For kids. Ash commented. “It's adapted remarkably well to our atmosphere. keep them safe. considering its nutritional requirements. cell phones seem to be just part of growing up. if they’re too busy to call. And when they hit the tweens.Hello Mom – It doesn’t take pre-preteens long before they know if you want to talk to someone you call them up. Or. it has apps to fit your mood. They also quickly realize that it’s not just a phone.” Tweens know they “need” one. and the mobile companies aren’t above appealing to them as well as their parents to enable them to keep in touch with the kids. ability and more. the cell phone is almost a right of passage. Source – Humorblog Little ones start out with toy phones that do everything but connect to the real world. .
Sorta’ defeats your ability to stay in touch with them at any time of the day. more and more schools aren’t letting phones on the premises or requiring them to be turned off during school hours. but that doesn't mean that it is totally impractical. especially if both parents work and the kid has a busy schedule or you simply want to stay in touch with them. Source – Nielsen Do they really need a mobile phone? Probably not. couples focus on not just being there for the kids. some of the new iPhone/smartphone apps enable parents to monitor phone usage and where the youngster has been…just in case.Source – Nielsen Staying in Touch – Increasingly. . with both parents working. While it isn’t exactly spying. But. but also ensuring they can reach the youngster.
walking alone at night. entertaining tools you can download with your kids to help them learn more about the world around them. but it might be better if they know they shouldn’t put themselves in risky situations like riding with strangers. there’s a ton of good. but a tablet (especially an iPad) is important…just ask your kids. Then again. which is also good for dad’s games and sporting events. Besides. there are tens – thousands of really good educational.Generation C – because they don’t know life without creating. fun iTune and android apps. We were quite taken with the LeapPad when we saw it late last year for toddlers. Speaking of apps. Source – AdAge But if you look at the app stores. . there’s always the “what if” and that added peace of mind for the parent and the tween when they have a mobile phone. In addition. a smartphone may be iffy.Of course. tweens can always play the safety/security card. Learning Apps – There are a growing number of child-friendly web sites that parents can go to with their kids to download appropriate educational applications and tools. collaborating and communicating with the iNet and apps. Generation C Tweens have already been classified . they’re available for tablets such as the iPad.
software. And along the way. Of course. Most parents we know are amazed at how their tweens move effortlessly between multiple devices and store their information in the cloud. lighter notebooks/ultrabooks with longer battery lives and more power are preferable for more comprehensive studies--especially with the larger screen for long periods. most educators and young people who are surveyed agree that today’s newer. “If you have any trouble. social media! Worker Bees – While there are some indications that youngsters are perfectly comfortable doing all of their communications on a smartphone or tablet. as with any activity on the web. or more likely the ultrabook – will continue to be part of their on-the-go access to the world bundle because they’re more in sync with their other mobile devices – light. so comfortable in working with these mobile devices that they may never “advance” to a computer. Naw…they want the computer. I'll be on the bridge. it does require parental monitoring. web locations – as they skip right past printed materials and use the hands-on multi-sensory learning products. good battery life. . the web. instant on.” There are a lot of apps your tweens can use on your smartphone. they can help mom and dad understand how to get the most out of their iPad and the games/tools they’ve downloaded. Ripley watched what was going on and said. their iPod Touch or the family iPad. Source – momitforward The notebook. There are a number of analysts who suggest tweens may become so adept.The challenge for parents is to ensure they have the right safe tools – hardware.
self-discipline. apps + 9-13. tweens and yes even teens thirst for information. moodiness. And apps like GeoPalz not only help parents keep track of kids’ whereabouts. Instead of fumbling through the parental learning process as we did. If we had all of the online information available kids today have.It’s amazing (to us anyway) that there are so many really great sites out there designed specifically to help meet the pre-tweens. anti-bullying. tweens/dating (we thought 20 was about right for ours). we might have graduated grade school before we got our drivers license (kiddin!). sports and responsibility/trust Facebook What got us thinking about this whole tween challenge for parents was the fact that Facebook was suddenly going to allow 13 year-olds to have their own pages. there are websites that are tailor-made to help minimize mistakes. none of that works without parental guidance and assistance. ADHD. Of course. They give great advice on tween online safety. knowledge and yet keep them as safe as possible. Sites like DoInk help tweens express themselves on-screen and eliminate the need to clean the entire room when they’re done. . There are math locations like MathsInsider and SpaceyMath that make learning interesting and fun. they stimulate exercise. tweens/fighting. tweens/alcohol. Tailored Sites And they’re so easy to find that even a parent can locate them just by using a search engine and plugging in preteen websites.
” No big surprise because anyone can cheat and millions do anyway. Simply pick an age you want to be. Today’s parents are so proud of their kids and their lives that they already post birth dates. communicate with their kids and really help them get ahead.google While it created a lot of backlash. The great thing though is that parents seem to be trying more to connect. 62 percent of the parents surveyed indicated they friended their kids so you might think they sorta’. There’s no third-party verification that the birthdate entered is correct as long as it makes him/her more than 13. kinda’ already know. Parents should set up some realistic guidelines for their kids and monitor the activities to keep them out of trouble and harm’s way. where they’re going/what they’re doing…cool mom. Source – sites. .Facebook Faking – It doesn’t take a lot of heavy lifting for a tween to set up his/her Facebook page. do a little math and put in the appropriate data of birth and it’s done.5M of the users are “underage. birthday events. dad! In fact. vacation plans. Consumer Reports estimates that as many of 7.
. and about all the technical experts can say is …good luck. and teens is naturally a major concern for parents. we could all die. privacy advocates and ordinary folks scream bloody murder that it’s a huge invasion of privacy. “Listen to me. And with all that rich information you just know someone would abuse it!!! With the growing volume of data we’re leaving behind every time we use one of our devices. Ripley was so concerned she warned. but there’s always that gnawing concern about what lies just beyond the screen. Source – Pew Research Center Caution. safety for pre-tweens. it’s tougher out there in social media land than the Wild West…even skeptical adults get in trouble.Multi-Device Kids – The Internet.” Every time the idea of establishing a national identity database surfaces. what you’ve done. months. security. it won’t be long before people will be able to put together a very accurate picture of your kids and you…what you’ve done for the past weeks. where you’ve been. tweens. if we break quarantine. years. social media and mobile devices have opened up the world for kids today—a world that parents and the rest of us couldn’t have imagined when they were growing up. Difficult IDs The industry has flirted with age identification technologies since dial-up and ARPANET. After all. Most parents want to help their youngsters with the connections.
“There is a clause in the contract which specifically states any systematized transmission indicating a possible intelligent origin must be investigated.It’s all part of the challenge of being a pare And as Ash observed.” .
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