Part 2 from “The Modern Day Idiot Box”
Back in February 2017, I wrote a blog about kids spending way too much screen-time. Just to give you a quick recap, I wanted to strike up a conversation as to the good and the bad of modern day technology. It’s quite alarming how technology has, in a sense, enabled a generation of “bright lights screen junky stimulated zombies”… ok, that’s clearly something I just made up, but the point is, us parents these days are put in a rather tough spot of either cutting electronics cold turkey, disabling Wi-Fi’s, and/or forcing children to C O M M U N I C A T E !
As I now realized I’ve left you with just a conversation piece, I wanted to pick up where I left off and follow up with you. Here’s the good news… There are several options for parents to consider when deciding to take control of the quality in content their children are accessible to view. The most obvious would be managing and setting restrictions within their tablet’s setting and setting goals to earn privileges. Unfortunately, what use to be considered or stapled as “strict” restrictions under parental controls are now far more looser definitions of restrictions.
Today, when carefully researched, there are a number of kid friendly electronics that are considerate to parents concerns, just like yours. One tablet I’ve found to be a parent’s dream tablet is the Fire Kids Edition with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited.
The new Fire Kids Edition Tablet includes the latest generation tablet, 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, and our best-selling Kid-Proof Case – up to $109 in savings. Plus, it includes a 2-year worry-free guarantee. Finding the perfect tablet for your child has never been easier. CLICK HERE or the picture above to check out the fire Kids Edition and see why parents love the available parental control settings.
Here some of it’s amazing features:
Built for kids: In FreeTime, the background color changes to blue, letting parents know at a glance that their child is safe. Kids only see titles that have been selected for them. Younger kids can search before they know how to type by using Characters – for example, tap on “Cinderella,” “Dinosaurs,” or “Puppies”.
No surprises: While in FreeTime, kids do not have access to social media or the internet, and they can’t make in-app purchases.
Time limits: Limiting your child’s screen time can be challenging without the proper tools. FreeTime lets parents set daily limits, or restrict certain categories – like games and video – while leaving unlimited time for reading.
Smart Filters: FreeTime Smart Filters ensure that your child sees age-appropriate content within FreeTime Unlimited. We use input from Common Sense Media and from parents like you to ensure that pre-teens don’t get the baby stuff and little kids don’t see the scary stuff. Parents can also adjust Smart Filter settings to tailor the experience for each child.
Learn First: With Learn First, parents can block access to games and cartoons until after educational goals are met. Using Bedtime, parents can control when FreeTime shuts down for the day.
Individual Profiles: Parents can create up to four individual child profiles, customize each child’s access to content from the parent’s library, and decide which FreeTime Unlimited titles will be viewable in each profile. It’s like giving each kid their very own, personalized tablet. Kids can’t exit FreeTime mode without a password.CLICK HERE and start shopping for more productive and educational STEM games for your kids!
Conversely, parents who would like to consider an eased approach to decreasing screen time consumption as opposed to cutting them off cold turkey, could benefit from an array of educational toys and games at the Amazon STEM Toys.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, but what STEM education focuses on is much more than these four subjects. The focus of STEM education is how these subjects relate to each other and the real world. That means that these subjects need to be taught together and be focused on problem solving.
STEM toys encourage kids to develop skills in the core disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. I chose these STEM toys because of its clear goals and it encourage kids to learn STEM skills while having fun. CLICK HERE or the picture below to find out more.
Now I must admit, one of my favorite STEM product is this handsome gadget right here, the Meccano – Meccanoid XL 2.0 . My 10 year old son has been building his robot and he’s so passionate about getting to see his completed creation of his new best friend. Here are some cool features:
Motorized Movement Brings Meccanoid to Life
Meccano makes building your very own robot a blast! Using high quality, durable pieces along with the real tools included in your set, build your Meccano Meccanoid to be impressive. It stands an astounding 4 feet tall, and features 10 different motors for amazing Meccano movement, awesome articulating arms and head, plus motorized feet.
3 Unique Ways to Program Meccano Meccanoid
Your Meccano Meccanoid XL 2.0 comes equipped with 3 exciting and innovative methods to program, including: Learned Intelligent Movement, Ragdoll Mode, and Drag and Drop programming on a smart device (device not included). Meccanoid also knows over 3000 pre-programmed phrases, loves to tell stories, and knows trivia.
Enhance your fun and excitement with a variety of cool Meccano features! In addition to voice recognition, your Meccano Meccanoid is also equipped with LED eyes, enhanced with over 500 different colors, along with seriously awesome smart device communication! The possibilities are practically infinite with Meccano Meccanoid XL 2.0!
These are simply a few of what you can consider when thinking about an approach to a healthy balance of screen time consumption for your children. Like these, and many many more, I encourage you to explore what best suites your child’s needs and what caters to their fun personality.
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