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Tablet in baby's hands: Good servant, bad lord

Tablet in baby's hands: Good servant, bad lord We try to inherit the principles of good behavior from the earliest age, teach them to greet, to safely cross the road, to talk to unknown people, and generally to protect them from all sorts of dangers that can happen in the adult world. Nevertheless, we forget one of the fundamental dangers that the child threatens without realizing it or giving it weight.

These are smart smart devices such as tablets, laptops and mobiles that are directly connected to the Internet and social networks. The children are surrounded by the earliest age, and parents often live in the misconception that a child who can control these devices knows everything they need. Unfortunately, the opposite is true! It is in this area that there are far greater risks than the parents themselves can imagine. How do you really know about the right use of smart devices, do you know what the baby is doing on your tablet and what risks can you expect from it?
So get to know the 4 myths and learn that by mastering the tablet control of childcare and education it does not end but, on the contrary, begins.

Children and smart electronics? With the help of parents YES

We live at a time when modern technology is an integral part of our lives and practically can not imagine life without them. They are our helpers, they make it easy for us to work, to communicate and to have a leisure time, and they can also serve as fun. We grew up when computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Internet, or social networks did not exist, but that gave us room to grasp them, to live with them, while respecting the correct principles of their use and Internet literacy. On the other hand, they have been penetrating the lives of our children since the earliest age. They literally surround them, children grow up with them and, for example, have managed to intuitively control them, for example, two years, often even easier and faster than their parents. But what is definitely not intuitive for a child is their correct use, respect for security and behavior in the Internet world.

Exactly on this subject and alarming problem is trying to draw attention to the new project of a series of books called "Swich from the Empire behind the Monitor" by Lidia Zavoralová, who is also the only such project in the world. "The child's safety in the technology and the internet world is not forbidden to use it, but rather to teach him how to handle it properly. Talk to him about the possible risk, to explain it simply, for example, to a situation in the past that the child recovers. Talk to him so that the child understands how to behave and why to associate it with some experience. It is certainly not the right way to ignore this problem because the child will find the way to the tablet itself, and then there are real risks, such as creating a dependency on smart devices, through unwanted abuse of a parent's payment card, even to such serious problems as cyberbullying, "he explains Lidija Zavoralová.

Here are the four myths that parents often tend to obey.

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Most parents know it. The child enforces attention, the parent can not do anything to rest, nothing to concentrate on, the baby simply does not let him breathe for a minute. She tried all the toys anymore, but she did not care, not to be able to stand for some at ease and play for at least a few minutes. This is a simple and at that moment almost "saving" solution - TABLET. Apparently at that moment, the only thing in the world that catches the child and which actually endures.
Although the parent will get some peace of mind from the child for a while, he can solve what he needs, but he basically takes on the problem. "Getting a baby to play is just as dangerous as putting a knife or match in his hand without teaching him. Although the child intuitively manages to control it, the problem is that we do not control what the tablet actually does, and at the same time create a feeling of being a toy, " explains Lidija Zavoral. The child must understand from the earliest age that the tablet is not for playing, and it is not supposed to replace the child's traditional gaming and communication with his parents.


Another myth is the idea that a child who manages a tablet, whether due to his own intuition or by showing it to himself, is separate. Respectively, if we leave the child to "enjoy" himself with the tablet, by teaching him the independence. Even this is a publicly perceived notion, but it is mistaken. The child simply attracts all the modern technologies, interactions, and everything he does not know, but the learning to independence can certainly not be a word.
"For the smallest children, the tablet is suitable for playing selected fairy tales or later educational applications. But they must always be in full control of the parent, perhaps so that everything that the child will take to the tablet will initiate and try, " says Lidija Zavoralová. At the same time, it is also necessary to instill the child that smart electronics are used for education, work and communication, not for leisure.


If a child no longer has a problem controlling smart devices, often as parents we slip to the idea that he can spend them every day. However, this is a fairly significant risk. The time at which a child is on a tablet or laptop should always be oriented according to his or her age, abilities and interest. The child should therefore have clear rules and be strictly adhered to and respected. This is the only way to avoid creating dependencies on these devices, which are more serious than they may seem.


At the same time, parents often live in another myth. They have the idea that a child can not be addicted to a tablet or laptop that is more likely to be in puberty or adulthood, and it is related to playing computer games. Unfortunately, this is a misconception. Dependence on smart electronics can arise from the earliest age. The child simply gets used to it, loves it and tries to prolong the time it spends with her. If parents do not intervene right at the beginning and do not set clear rules, days or times of use for a child, it may just create a dependency that may first appear as a reluctance to give up the device and gradually progress.

"A child dependent, for example, on a tablet behaves like an adult dependent on alcohol or drugs. It is unpleasant, evil, nothing else interested in it, losing interest in its surroundings. In school age, for example, he can try to stay at home under the pretext of illness and look for ways to spend all his time. It is important to perceive the symptoms of addiction such as extreme annoyance of a child when you do not take or remove the device because you are going to go, mood changes when you do not have access to the device or know what to do when you are not using the electronics to play, " adds Lidija Zavoral.

Thus, the tablet in children's hands definitely does. Modern technologies can not be circumvented, avoided or made that they do not exist. Conversely, this is how we would rather be kidding a child than helping him. Everything must have its rules and the basic rule of a good parent is also the care of a child in the field of orientation in the technological world that surrounds him from birth.

Source: tz, edited editorially

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