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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.
considering its nutritional requirements. keep them safe. Ash commented. if they’re too busy to call. 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. Source – Humorblog Little ones start out with toy phones that do everything but connect to the real world. the cell phone is almost a right of passage. For kids. you text them. They also quickly realize that it’s not just a phone. And when they hit the tweens. cell phones seem to be just part of growing up. ability and more.” Tweens know they “need” one.Hello Mom – It doesn’t take pre-preteens long before they know if you want to talk to someone you call them up. it has apps to fit your mood. “It's adapted remarkably well to our atmosphere. . Or.
especially if both parents work and the kid has a busy schedule or you simply want to stay in touch with them.Source – Nielsen Staying in Touch – Increasingly. more and more schools aren’t letting phones on the premises or requiring them to be turned off during school hours. Source – Nielsen Do they really need a mobile phone? Probably not. some of the new iPhone/smartphone apps enable parents to monitor phone usage and where the youngster has been…just in case. but that doesn't mean that it is totally impractical. But. couples focus on not just being there for the kids. Sorta’ defeats your ability to stay in touch with them at any time of the day. but also ensuring they can reach the youngster. with both parents working. While it isn’t exactly spying. .
Besides. they’re available for tablets such as the iPad. there’s always the “what if” and that added peace of mind for the parent and the tween when they have a mobile phone. . Source – AdAge But if you look at the app stores. tweens can always play the safety/security card. Then again. 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. there are tens – thousands of really good educational. but a tablet (especially an iPad) is important…just ask your kids. Generation C Tweens have already been classified . but it might be better if they know they shouldn’t put themselves in risky situations like riding with strangers. fun iTune and android apps. entertaining tools you can download with your kids to help them learn more about the world around them. Speaking of apps. which is also good for dad’s games and sporting events. a smartphone may be iffy. there’s a ton of good.Of course. In addition. walking alone at night.Generation C – because they don’t know life without creating. collaborating and communicating with the iNet and apps. We were quite taken with the LeapPad when we saw it late last year for toddlers.
Source – momitforward The notebook.” There are a lot of apps your tweens can use on your smartphone. Of course. so comfortable in working with these mobile devices that they may never “advance” to a computer. Most parents we know are amazed at how their tweens move effortlessly between multiple devices and store their information in the cloud. the web. I'll be on the bridge. software. . lighter notebooks/ultrabooks with longer battery lives and more power are preferable for more comprehensive studies--especially with the larger screen for long periods. 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. it does require parental monitoring. as with any activity on the web. And along the way. Ripley watched what was going on and said.The challenge for parents is to ensure they have the right safe tools – hardware. web locations – as they skip right past printed materials and use the hands-on multi-sensory learning products. There are a number of analysts who suggest tweens may become so adept. good battery life. they can help mom and dad understand how to get the most out of their iPad and the games/tools they’ve downloaded. Naw…they want the computer. instant on. “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. most educators and young people who are surveyed agree that today’s newer. their iPod Touch or the family iPad.
knowledge and yet keep them as safe as possible. they stimulate exercise. tweens/fighting. tweens/alcohol. apps + 9-13. moodiness. There are math locations like MathsInsider and SpaceyMath that make learning interesting and fun. 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. Sites like DoInk help tweens express themselves on-screen and eliminate the need to clean the entire room when they’re done. 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. tweens/dating (we thought 20 was about right for ours). They give great advice on tween online safety. none of that works without parental guidance and assistance. there are websites that are tailor-made to help minimize mistakes. self-discipline. anti-bullying. tweens and yes even teens thirst for information. If we had all of the online information available kids today have. Of course. we might have graduated grade school before we got our drivers license (kiddin!). Instead of fumbling through the parental learning process as we did. ADHD. And apps like GeoPalz not only help parents keep track of kids’ whereabouts.It’s amazing (to us anyway) that there are so many really great sites out there designed specifically to help meet the pre-tweens. .
Simply pick an age you want to be. vacation plans. birthday events.5M of the users are “underage.” No big surprise because anyone can cheat and millions do anyway. There’s no third-party verification that the birthdate entered is correct as long as it makes him/her more than 13. communicate with their kids and really help them get ahead. Source – sites.google While it created a lot of backlash.Facebook Faking – It doesn’t take a lot of heavy lifting for a tween to set up his/her Facebook page. Consumer Reports estimates that as many of 7. where they’re going/what they’re doing…cool mom. Parents should set up some realistic guidelines for their kids and monitor the activities to keep them out of trouble and harm’s way. 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’. Today’s parents are so proud of their kids and their lives that they already post birth dates. . do a little math and put in the appropriate data of birth and it’s done. kinda’ already know. dad! In fact.
but there’s always that gnawing concern about what lies just beyond the screen. Ripley was so concerned she warned. what you’ve done. months. 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.Multi-Device Kids – The Internet. security. 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. we could all die. and about all the technical experts can say is …good luck. tweens. years. and teens is naturally a major concern for parents. 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. privacy advocates and ordinary folks scream bloody murder that it’s a huge invasion of privacy.” Every time the idea of establishing a national identity database surfaces. safety for pre-tweens. Difficult IDs The industry has flirted with age identification technologies since dial-up and ARPANET. After all. Source – Pew Research Center Caution. “Listen to me. it’s tougher out there in social media land than the Wild West…even skeptical adults get in trouble. if we break quarantine. Most parents want to help their youngsters with the connections.
” .It’s all part of the challenge of being a pare And as Ash observed. “There is a clause in the contract which specifically states any systematized transmission indicating a possible intelligent origin must be investigated.
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