(StatePoint) Most parents expect their children to one day ask to use their cool, expensive tech devices. But adult tech for kids is now more accessible than ever, so parents donít need to hand over their pricey tablets, smartwatches and smartphones.
Just remember that when investing in technology for kids, there are a few things to keep in mind.
The number of products designed specifically for children is growing, particularly when it comes to wearable tech. And these items are not only more affordable than their grown-up counterparts, but more durable as well.
One cool gadget to consider is the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX, by VTech, the next generation of its popular camera watch for kids with a tough, splash-proof, kid-friendly design. It features exciting motion-activated games, more than 50 3D clock faces and tools to hone math skills, as well as double the internal memory of its predecessor -- perfect for prolific young photographers and videographers.
The Kidizoom Smartwatch DX, which comes in five colors, also offers creative photo effects, frames and filters, video and voice recorder, time-telling app, timer, alarm, calculator and calendar, along with the ability to download additional apps from the Learning Lodge app store.
Another fun option for tech-savvy, active kids is the VTech Kidizoom Action Cam, which features a robust, durable design and comes complete with mounts for attaching to a bike, skateboard or scooter, plus a waterproof case that allows kids to take videos and pictures up to six feet underwater.
Good Tech Habits
Great technology can unfortunately lead to some not so great habits. Parents can create a few simple rules for kids (and themselves!) to combat this issue. For example, itís tempting to respond to oneís phone during meal time; however, dinnertime will benefit by being gadget-free. Not only will it better protect your technology from spills and greasy fingers, it will also foster better family conversation and engagement.
Likewise, parents can set a good example for kids by putting down their phone while driving. Kids will learn by example that there are certain tasks that need two hands and oneís full attention.
Thereís no need to deny kids the benefits of tech gear until they reach a certain age. Innovations in the market are making gadgets a viable option for kids, so they donít need to be jealous of their parentsí technology anymore Ė and in fact, parents may envy the rich features and content available in their childrenís gadgets!