Kids & Tech: Making Smart Choices

Eric Klopfer

This article, entitled "Kids & Tech: Making Smart Choices for Your Family," is presented by V-Tech.

In light of the new screen time recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents are left questioning how to find the right balance of technology in their lives.

The “right” kind of screen time – There is a difference between passively watching movies on your tablet and actively doing something creative and educational. Learn the right way for a young family to interact with their devices.

Beyond texting – Communication is more than typing words. Hearing your child’s voice or seeing a photo of a scribbled drawing from class is more compelling than seeing words and really connects us.

Digital connectivity for the family – Distance is no longer the separator it once was. Learn how technology will continue to bring us closer together as the future nears and how to seamlessly incorporate it into your daily life.

Don’t put that game down! News flash – gaming isn’t bad for kids! Video games are more than simple actions of running and jumping. There filled with real-time, problem-solving challenges, and help children learn from their mistakes. From increased brain function to agility skills, the benefits of video games are often overlooked.

Technology’s goal is to make life simpler. For the family, it not only helps communication, but it also changes the way we communicate.

In the video below, MIT Professor Eric Klopfer offers simple, but poignant insights into how to harness technology to connect and how to make smart decisions for your family.

About Eric Klopfer
Eric Klopfer is Professor and the Director of the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program and the Director of The Education Arcade. His research focuses on the development and use of computer games and simulations for building understanding of science and complex systems. He is the co-author of the books, "Adventures in Modeling", "The More We Know", as well as author of "Augmented Learning.”

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