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Main Reasons Tablets Are Good for Your Kids

Main Reasons Tablets Are Good for Your Kids

The tech world has been rapidly expanding for the last years and this process seems to be infinite. Along with this, people are constantly excited by the appearance of various gadgets, productive devices, and gizmos worth exploration. However, there is one technology “toy”, that is, apart from other devices, indisputably desired by the younger generation. Even if you are not a parent, you possibly have one, or use one, or just have an access to it – a tablet.

Tablet is a fascinating device first introduced back in 1990s, and engraved in our lives shortly afterward. Today tablet is one of the top wish list items for many juniors, even if they own one, the still want to upgrade it or add a nice accessory. According to the Pew Research Center, around 58% of teens deal with tablet computers, when 46% of families have at least one in their disposal as to the Grunwald Associates LLC study. These big numbers indicate that parents don’t mind getting the gadget for their young ones. Moreover, they find it to have a positive effect on the way kids grow, think, and deal with problems or with the world around.

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There are many reasons tablets are good for kids, and it’s not only about becoming tech savvy or keeping them amused.  So, let’s investigate the advantages of using a tablet by a young mister or miss:

Entertainment

Games, animation series, movies, music, books and apps that can harmlessly amuse a kid or even cheer up when one is moody. Since all tablets have an Internet access, the fun becomes boundless. A kid will have all trendy amusements to enjoy within one gadget. In addition, this becomes a time for parents to bond with their children and spend time together to experience some fun and positive moments.

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Education

Not only do educative books or movie series help to learn, but also most of the mentioned above entertaining stuff incorporates educative purposes. Playing games, for instance, helps to improve kids’ thinking or understanding of certain things. For teenagers, it’s crucial to have an access to school books, or to be able to do homework on a tablet or make presentations. With a tablet being capable of handling all these needs and tasks, children feel themselves more confident and learn to value and manage their own time.

Development

This aspect relates directly to toddlers and babies that are actively exploring the world. With multiple applications and games, a bambino develops its reaction, learns how to use its hands and manage things with finger-swipes. Animations or movies for kids showing things that move, deliver abundant emotions to the youngest and reveal the world the way it is, unlike pictures where a kid might learn something but can’t see or imagine how this something happens.

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Tech knack

Various technologies are introduced and constantly implemented in all gadgets, and in our life overall. Letting a kid use a tablet is a reasonable solution to keep our young one up to date with the technology. With a tablet and its functions, they learn how to make settings, change them, and modify according to their needs. It’s a considerable step for future success and easy adaptation in society. Now, gadgets complete our social life, and it’s very important for our kids to know how to use and manage them.

According to Nielsen Survey, 70% of families with children under 12 say that their kids use tablets, where 77% of kids play games, 57% pursue educational purposes, 55% get entertained during traveling, where a lower number of children use tablets to watch TV or communicate with others. From these facts, we can infer that parents are apt to letting their children use tablets for different pursued purposes.

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Together with many positive aspects for kids to use a tablet, there is a bunch of benefits for parents to get it and let the kids use the device:

  • Relatively inexpensive. A tablet combines features of multiple useful and important nowadays things, like Internet access, TVs, mp3 players, game consoles, books, notebooks. With this set of today valuables, a tablet with its 10-20 times lower price becomes a reasonable substitution to a regular computer that costs hundreds and often thousands.
  • Portability and light weight. A comfortable size and low weight makes it possible for kids to carry a tablet around. Almost everything a young one might expect from a laptop or desktop PC becomes available on the way.
  • Fast start-up and prolonged on-battery run. Sometimes it is very important for parents to entertain a kid immediately and for a decent amount of time. For those who go to school, a rapid access to the information or continuous operation is very important. Thus, tablets can save time and nerves for both grown-ups and their kids.
  • Possibility to monitor kids. Tablets are a great way for parents to keep track of their kids’ lives and to control certain things. For instance, you can always know where your kids are if you install an app on their tablet. Or you can block inappropriate apps and sites. There are many options for parents.
  • Infinite expandability. Modern tablets can turn into an essential part of life with its redundant abilities to increase features and install apps from the Internet. Moreover, having a USB port, memory card slot, or HDMI makes a tablet a real relief for parents that always try to please their children.
  • Opportunity to get together. A tablet bonds parents with their kids through its useful and amusing specialties. Playing games, learning things together and watching a series complements to better relations and a tighter connection between children and their older family members.

After realizing the value a tablet offers to kids and their parents, it’s hard to speak about the cons these gadgets may have. Surely, there are some, but it all depends on the attitude towards a tablet usage, kids education, and other things. So, let this small device entertain, teach and improve tech skills of your beloved kids.

Featured photo credit: Jim Bauer/Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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