Technology has been changing the way we entertain and interact with our children for decades. The invention of digital cameras allowed us to record and view special family memories instantly; the launch of Google made fact-checking for school assignments instantaneous; and the rise of the mobile phone (hands up who remembers the Nokia 3310?) has assisted parents to stay safely in contact with their children at all times.
It’s perhaps no surprise then that smart devices, such as smartphones and tablets, have also impacted the way we entertain and educate our children.
We recently surveyed parents in Australia to find out how much freedom Aussie children are given with tablets and smartphones. As the below infographic shows, the majority of parents are happy to allow their children to use their smartphones or tablets; but what are they using them for?
The list of activities is long and varied. While some might be what you’d expect, such as using educational apps or looking at photos, children are also surfing the web and downloading content from Mum’s and Dad’s tablets.
The humble mobile phone is used by children today to stay connected in many new ways. No longer is it just a tool to phone “Dad’s taxi service”, kids are now accustomed to using social media, Skype and even FaceTime to keep in contact with friends and relatives.
Parents are also looking to tablets as tools for speech and occupational therapy, showing the diverse ways that we can use these new technologies.
But it’s not just how children are using smart devices, but also where that might surprise you.
Parents have reported getting their tablet out to entertain their kids not just at home, but also when dining out, visiting friends, during meetings, when out shopping, in waiting rooms, on airplanes and even when at church.
Despite, or maybe because of, this surge of activity, parents are happy to allow their children to use smart devices without constant adult supervision, which is surprising given that they are also reporting a high level of damage occurring when in possession of little hands. Only 44 per cent of parents use a protective cover on all their smart devices and yet the same percentage is dealing with estimated damage worth up to $1,000.
There’s a really simple solution to preventing this type of damage – check out our range of tough SafeGrip cases for iPad and iPad mini, designed to protect your tablet from scrapes, scratches and bangs caused by big and little hands alike.
Do you recognize these trends in your own family?