Smart Parenting in the Age of Alexa

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Parenting in the age of Alexa? It’s complicated. Smart parenting is the key.

Children today are engrossed in technology. Kids have immense imagination; that is too vast to be controlled. In the past, they only had art supplies like crayons and colored markers at their disposal to get those ideas out and into a conveyable form, they now have computers, tablets, and so much more to help them turn such thoughts into reality.

The skills learned from interacting with technology each has an attached form of expression. Coding is a learned skill, but programming a game or an app or voice skill is an expression. Who knows…their creation could be the prototype for a multi million-dollar business. Our children are often taught to tie their shoelaces gracefully, to cross a busy road safely, and to explore in the park without getting hurt.

Kids Need Smart Parenting

Children require our support in the digital world as well. From staying safe on social media, to find games that help to develop their brains in positive ways, and enable them to have fun. This article will help you to think more about smart parenting and raising children in a digital age.

To gain deeper insights let’s break it down into a few easy steps so that you can take the time to focus on what really matters – Your child. Keeping them safe. Helping them learn and grow.

Let’s get started.

1. Study your child’s voice technology world

Learning with technology, whether with a math app, a video how-to, or a wiki opens up a new world of discovery for kids. And as they access information in novel ways, kids are preparing for life in a new interconnected, global world. Learn how to spot the right products for your kid’s needs, and foster a love of learning.

Child development starts at birth – and scientists emphasize that experiences the kids have shaped their development. By finding quality activities – and sharing digital experiences with your children – you can build a strong foundation for their future learning and growth.

2. Shape & outline your child’s online experience

Questions to ask:  What do you want for your child online? How can you help them to learn and grow?

To learn and grow, children need loving relationships and a safe, supportive environment. They also need lots of interaction and conversation with caring adults and other children. We need to make sure this applies to their digital experience as well.

Fish out some time to think about – and ask – what your child needs from the digital. Think about how this might be different from your own digital needs and habits.

3. Set consistent boundaries as a team

Talk to your child about their digital activity – and what will keep them healthy and safe.

It’s important to explain to children why we need to set limits – and what these boundaries are for. By having this discussion, openly and often, you help your child to develop their own sense of healthy digital behavior.

Here are a few tips to start :

Help kids to take more control over their online activities and to build trust.

We can’t control everything our children do – or be with them all the time. The most important thing is to help them to develop more control over their online lives and make wise choices. Build trust, so that your child feels safe to talk to you when something unexpected happens. Thank them for sharing, and explain why you’re concerned (including what they should do next time).

From their early years, you can help them to find good quality content. You can set your internet browser to guide children towards quality activities – like using CBeebies or the Kids Search Engine.

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4. Share, learn and play together

Questions to ask: How can voice technology help my child to learn and grow? How can we help our children to have positive voice experiences? How can I be present in my child’s digital life?

Children’s brains develop over time. And it’s never too early to lay strong foundations for them to learn and grow. By spending active time together, both on and offline, ensuring that you are active together socially and physically, you will be helping them to develop the skills they need to thrive – from language and logic to managing social dialogues.

With the right digital activities, you can make the most of the time you share together. This can give children a place to explore safely.

5. Find voice apps or skills that help children interact

Children learn and grow through back-and-forth interactions with those close to them. Like in a baseball game, children could serve with talk instead of a ball, expressions, and movements. When parents return these by responding and interacting back and forth, it helps to develop children’s brains in a positive way.

Using voice technology together with your child can provide lots of opportunities for this back and forth interactions.

Find the apps, skills, and devices that help children to interact back and forth.

Here are a few ideas:

Find fun interactive games that you can play together.

Each activity helps children to learn and apply the skills they need. With the right media for your child’s capabilities, and with clear boundaries and a shared introduction, you can set your child up to play safely on their own.

When children have the right digital and voice experiences that help their development, it’s okay for them to spend a little longer time online.

Children develop skills through an active process over time. This involves trial and error, imitating others, and learning through interactions with family, friends, and Alexa. As parents, we can help if we:

  • Stay open-minded

We can learn a lot from our children – and how they use digital – when we keep an open mind. Ask them questions about what they’re doing, and listen and respond to their answers. This kind of interaction helps them, in turn, to listen and learn from others. 

  • Stay curious

Voice experiences are constantly changing – giving us more chances to create and explore online. Experiment with skills.

  • Learn from your mistakes

Don’t be afraid to make them – and to share what you’ve learned. By doing this, you help your child to think about (and learn from) their actions.

When used correctly, smart speakers can be a great way to reduce kids’ screen time and can benefit those with learning disabilities.

Concluding Thoughts

Smart Parenting is all about smart hard work. The parent–child relationship is the essence of Smart Parenting. It is the most enduring relationship that develops over time and is influenced by characteristics of both parent and child, and the family as a unit.But with the right tools,it’s possible to keep your life on schedule and minimize stress. Voice assistants has the power to make every aspect of life simpler and less complicated,but only if you could take advantage of it.Parents can use voice apps to monitor and control children’s interactions. Kid-friendly features include filtering explicit music, setting bedtime and daily time limits, and establishing purchasing limits.

Overall, smart speakers can be used for a variety of purposes. With parental controls and privacy settings, these smart assistants can be of great help to kids and families.The smart speaker is something that a family can explore together.

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