Technological literacy vs. Technological addiction

Technological literacy

The internet is now a very important part of everyone’s life. It’s omnipresent in children’s lives since they are born and soon becomes a necessity to them perhaps equivalent to that of food. This is obviously unhealthy but it’s just how it is in most households.

New parents are increasingly concerned about the amount of screen time their children use. They set specific time limits for the use of devices or set up apps on these devices so that they turn off after a specific amount of time.

When these measures are implemented with children that have free reign over their screen time, tantrums are the usual result. Mostly because in a way they have already become dependent on devices and now suddenly feel lost and confused about what they should do.

Alternatively, some parents encourage their children to spend as much time as they like using devices. The logic being that the more time they spend with technology the better their knowledge of technology will be in the future. This logic is extremely flawed as explained below.

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Why do we only talk about the environment? This time let’s act.

World environment day. Trees around the Earth.

It’s that time of the year again!

The time when everybody refreshes their memory of disturbing visuals involving polar bears, seals and other habitants of the Tundra on the brink of extinction. (While themselves relaxing in an AC room)

The time when students are given assignments to write about the ill effects of fossil fuels. (Just minutes before they board a fossil fuel powered vehicle to take them home)

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Never underestimate the importance of Mother’s Day

Mother's day

Mother’s day is completely different from each family member’s perspective. From a child’s perspective it’s a day to show appreciation for their mother, from a father’s perspective it’s a day to recognize how your partner has been central to raising your children as well as you did, from a mother’s perspective it’s a day when they’re finally given the praise they deserve on a daily basis.

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Children choosing their own careers isn’t the worst idea (it might even be the best)

Various careers that children could pursue

Most people are currently working jobs that they are neither interested in nor care about. The factors that got them to the position they’re in vary from uncontrollable circumstances that landed them there to fear of being unemployed to being forced into a profession they hate but their parents believed would make them rich.

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Screen time, Children and Consequences

Screen time for kids

Screen time is a term most parents are familiar with. It’s a term that parents have been bombarded with since 2010. Are you letting your child have too much screen time? Are you providing enough access to digital media to your child? Does the size of the screen have an effect on development? What about the quality of media? These are some of the titles of screen time articles targeted at parents.

Based on various studies and advice by medical associations such as the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), we can safely say that screen time does, in fact, affect the development of children.

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Out with the old classrooms, it’s time for an upgrade.

Innovative classroomsAs time passes, the regular methods of teaching used in schools, mainly verbal and written, grow outdated. Whether the teaching methodology employed in most schools today is outdated or not isn’t a topic that’s up for debate because as we look back through the generations, very little has changed in classrooms. The way our children are taught is the same way we were taught, which is the same way our parents were taught, and so on.

Practically every sector updates itself at least once every decade to use the new technology and methodologies available so that they’re not wiped out. Not the education sector though, it just sticks to its roots and rarely ever changes a thing.

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Choosing between artistic kits and science kits for kids

Science kits and arts kits

Full disclosure, we create science kits. But this isn’t a puff piece that places the advantages of science kits over art kits. That wouldn’t even be possible since they’re so different that they promote different areas of development.

So what must you know first?

Science kits and artistic kits while extremely different in their goals are often grouped together. This is common because many parents are simply looking for productive ways to keep their kids engaged and aren’t especially concerned about the skills obtained through these activities.

It’s understandable as children generally change their interests every few weeks or months, sometimes even days, and their preferences in terms of art or science or any other field might change as well.

However, exposing the minds of children to these worlds even if they’re very young can have a meaningful impact on their lives.

If they are artistic souls, they’ll favour the artistic kits and their exposure to these kits at a young age can only help their artistic development. If they’re kids that love technology and logical thinking, they’ll favour the science kits over the artistic ones.

Parents may know their child better than anyone else but could mistakenly believe their child is artistic while they’re technophiles or vice-versa. The easiest option would be to let them choose which kit they’d prefer and get them that one.

Early exposure to fields that they possess a natural talent for, will only help them form a deeper bond with the field and an earlier realization of what they enjoy and are good at.

Obviously, arts and science are not the only two paths a child can take or might be gifted in, but the entire span of career choices and natural talent falls out of the scope of this post.

I’ll be sticking with the artistic and the scientific here, but if your kid expresses no interest in either then try other fields they might be interested in, sports perhaps or music or even math.

Benefits of artistic kits:

Artistic kits (craft kits, activity kits, painting or drawing kits) all promote some form of artistic expression. And children with a penchant for the arts will take to it gladly.

Exposure to these kits might make your child realize that they love artistic endeavours and want to build a life around it. They might, one day, become painters, artists, planners, architects, designers or one of the other million artistic professionals.

The early head-start might also make them better than their contemporaries, although natural talent and effort invested are probably better determiners of this outcome.

Benefits of science kits:

Science kits, similarly, promote some discipline of science: Mechanics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Electronics, Programming, etc. Children that enjoy tinkering with electronics or are curious about mechanical structures or enjoy chemical reactions will enjoy science kits. Various science kits exist that cater to each discipline of science: chemistry kits, building kits, electronic kits, robotic kits, etc.

Being introduced to science early may allow them to quickly identify a field they’re passionate about and dive into it. Your kids might become another innovator that the world will praise or an inventor that brings about a technological revolution.

We’ve got a line of science kits too, check out our Science Boxes ™.

I’d conclude with, don’t knock off one type of kit because of your preference for the other. Listen to the interests of your child and get them the kit they’d like to try.

As I’ve mentioned there are various subcategories of artistic kits and various subcategories of science kits. Pay close attention to their interests and let them try their hand at whichever field they’re interested in.

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A list of skills every child should possess

In the world today, there’s an app or a service for almost everything you can think of. Consequently, children lack the skills to do most things. As parents, we’ve got to make sure that our kids are capable of taking care of themselves.

So here are a few skills that every child should have:

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Tips to raise a productive and successful child

Raising productive and successful children

Everyone wants to be productive and successful. There are self-improvement books, self-improvement seminars and self-improvement institutes that all tout the ability to make any person productive and facilitate personal growth. Parents face a similar predicament except, they’re focused on making someone else productive and successful: their kids.

Googling “How to raise a productive and successful child” returns quite a few intelligent ideas. Here are the best tips we could find about raising a productive and successful child:

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Recognizing privilege and its effects on children

Privilege: rocket vs running

Remember that you are a product of your circumstances and so your children will be too. A lot of the circumstances that shaped you as a person were not by your doing, take for example the school you went to. It was chosen by your parents based on the fee they could afford, the location you lived in and a variety of other factors. Do you see how little control you had in these major decisions about yourself? It’s how the world works.

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