Control over the broad spectrum of technology used by children is always going to be a priority of diligent parents. But denying kids access to the tech tools of today can lead to trouble for them tomorrow. Here’s a rundown on how:
Technology is fundamentally an attempt to improve upon previous existence. Looking at it from this angle it’s easy to see how, while the tools we use to solve problems have changed, the problems themselves mostly haven’t. This is certainly the situation when raising a family. We still want our children to be safe, healthy, and god, as much as parent living in ancient times.
Only unlike our ancestors, we have almost constant access to virtually all forms of information and communication via computers, internet, and mobile networking. These technologies are critical in increasing the odds of maintaining safety and security of children. Seriously, can you imagine feeling comfortable knowing your son was out hiking with no way to reach anyone? It’s much better knowing he’s got a phone on him, isn’t it?
Education is changing in the United States of America for the better. It’s slow and steady, sure, but signs and symptoms are everywhere. Take a look at some of the next-gen common core questions and you’ll quickly discover learning expectations are evolving. Instead of gearing kids for being able to discern the correct answer from incorrect alternatives, new education standards in America are aimed at having students reach conclusions after absorbing relevant material and information.
At the heart of these changes in education standards is the use of technology by the student. Comprehending the information found in a five-minute video, interacting with a virtual environment, and being able to discern important data from irrelevant details in infographics is going to be crucial in the years to come. Children should be exposed to these digital learning mediums as soon as possible.
Careers in STEM-related fields grew three-times faster than non-STEM occupations in the last ten years, and this trend is showing no signs of stopping. The overwhelming majority of future professions will require proficiency in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Think of it this way: the top jobs of tomorrow will involve eliminating and automating the jobs of today.
Needless to say, technology will sit front and center. Possessing a keen expertise with digital mediums and staying up-to-date on the evolution of artificial intelligence begins with a basic understanding of tablet computers and programming. This can begin as soon as a child is old enough to interact with computing devices.
It’s hard to imagine a time when we didn’t have the world’s information at our fingertips and we couldn’t quickly communicate with one another when we wanted to. Yet it was only 15 years ago when these things were budding novelties. Technology moves fast. Make sure your kids are prepared for the future.
** “This post is written by Kevin. Kevin is a director of online branding and has been working within internet marketing and public relations for over 8 years. He got his start working online in SEO, content marketing and affiliate marketing.”**