Technology as a Parenting Tool
It’s a digital world we live in and as technology progresses, parenting styles also change and develop. Parenting is a very rewarding journey that also comes with its fair share of challenges but technology has emerged as a valuable tool that is helping to simplify the parenting journey.
If you know how to accurately use technology as a parenting tool you can work to make your life a whole lot easier, find innovative ways to manage tasks, keep your children safe and help your child learn and grow.
This is our guide to how technology is changing parenting and how you can use it to your advantage.
If there’s one thing we know for sure it’s that parents just don’t have enough hours in the day, if you’ve been trying to find ways to better organise yourself and your family, these organisational tools and apps might just be perfect for you.
There are a whole lot of calendar apps out there to make your life easier. These apps allow you to have separate calendars for every family member so you can stay across everyone’s appointments, events and schedules. You can set reminders, plan outings and appointments and make sure that nothing ever slips through the cracks!
Task Management Apps
Parenting is a juggling act – and there are so many tasks that need to be sorted out when you’re a parent. If you’re looking to make your to-do list so much easier, task management apps can help you out! Make to-do lists, organise your top tasks, write shopping lists and so much more, meaning you can save valuable time and reduce your stress levels.
Learning & Educational Technology
It’s never too young to foster a love of learning in your child. Even if your child is in early childhood education there are so many benefits to making sure your child is constantly learning and developing skills. There are so many educational resources in the digital space that you can utilise to help your child on their learning journey.
Educational Apps & Videos
Arguably the number one benefit of technology on parenting is the amount of education resources for your child that are at your fingertips! Whether its apps that offer interactive lessons, quizzes and educational games for different age groups or its YouTube videos that help your child work on their speech and develop skills at an early age. Overall, the use of educational videos and apps cannot be discounted when it comes to how it is changing parenthood.
Fostering a love of learning in your child is simple with the help of technology and educational apps and videos. If you are mindful of screen time for your child you can implement a structured time for screens in your home and ensure that when your children are using screens that they are using them for educational purposes!
Reading is crucial when it comes to your child’s development and it’s important to have access to a wide range of reading materials for your child. E-Books are a super convenient way to offer access to a wide range of reading materials for your children. The books can then be transferred to their tablets so they can read whenever they like!
E-Books allow your children to take a library of books with them wherever they go to help you encourage good reading habits and instil a love for reading in your child.
As your children grow, it can be hard to stay in contact with them but thanks to technology, that’s all changing! There are now loads of ways to stay in contact with your children when they are out and about so you can rest easy knowing you can always keep in touch with your child.
If you have an older child, you may want to consider getting them a messaging app to help bridge the gap between you and your child. Messaging apps make it easy to check-in with your children throughout the day and there are even messaging apps on the market that allow parents to also monitor who their children are chatting to so you can ensure your child is being safe online.
Parenting Control Apps
Whilst technology and the internet has revolutionised parenting in a lot of ways, it’s also given way to a number of new challenges for parents that include monitoring the kind of content their child consumes online. To ensure your child is safe on the internet, there are a number of monitoring apps for parents where you can manage screen time, filter inappropriate content and monitor online activities. Perfect for when you want to give your child freedom in the digital space whilst still keeping a watchful eye.
How has technology shaped your parenting style?
If you’ve been finding technology to be simplifying your parenting process, you aren’t alone! At Young Academics we embrace technology (in moderation) to be a valuable learning and communication tool for your children. If you want to chat to one of our staff about how we implement technology or about how you can utilise technology to your advantage, you can contact us today.