Q Our kids will be receiving a lot of technology this
holiday season. Any tips for preparing?
A According to a study
released by the Consumer Electronics Association, mobile devices,
tablets and laptops, as well as other electronic gadgets, will be
the most desired gifts this holiday.
Nothing is more disappointing than an electronic gift that
doesn't work. Parents can bypass a bummer by charging electronics
and trying out features a week or more before they give techie
Other steps to consider:
A: There are many
educational benefits for kids who read on an electronic device-in
fact thousands of schools across the country are using e-readers to
help cultivate a love for reading and build literacy skills.
Built-in dictionaries, read-aloud options, word games and access to
a wide variety of reading materials online are just a few of the
For really young kids, an electronic learning toy can be a good
choice. The InnoTab2
from VTech, for instance, features kid-friendly e-reading programs,
along with a video camera, MP3 player, calendar and games. Designed
for kids as young as 3, tech learning toys mimic traditional
tablets, have a touch screen and retail for about $80.
Kids a little older may benefit from a basic e-reader like the
Kindle or Nook. The
Kindle Fire offers a scratch-resistant screen and games and
apps from the Amazon AppStore for about $160. The Nook HD
from Barnes & Noble costs about $200 and provides access to
more than two million books, magazines and kids books.
Other e-readers include the Sony Reader, Kobo Touch and Kobo Mini. The iPad and iPad Mini can also serve as
e-readers. How can you choose which is right for you child? Take a
close look at these considerations when comparing gadgets:
Sharon Cindrich is a mother of two tech-savvy kids from Virginia Beach. Learn more at sharoncindrich.com.
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