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4 great quotes for digital parents to live by
7 things you should do before giving your iPad or iPhone to your child

4 great quotes for digital parents to live by

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Some people seem to be just born with an ability to describe the reality so accurately with words. Therefore, the Internet is full of quotes on parenting, parents and children: some hilarious, some inspirational and some simply clever. Today I’ve picked 4 great quotes you can live by as a digital parent.

1. “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” 

Robert Fulghum

2. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” 

James Baldwin

Two brilliant quotes which basically talk about the same thing – the importance of being a good role model. I’m sure we’re all familiar with a saying actions speak louder than words”. Many kids ignore what their parents tell them, but they like to imitate their behavior. According to one study imitation is a powerful form of learning used both by toddlers and preschoolers. Talking to kids about dangers of technology is very important when raising digital natives, but what is even more important is setting a good example. Your children might not listen to you when you nag about not using the phone when eating, but what if you do the same thing? Putting it away during the meal time won’t guarantee your child will do it as well, but it’s definitely a trick worth trying.

3. Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” 
Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin often stated he’d wished he could see the world 300 years later. Even though he might not have thought that that technology will be so present in our lives, he hit a nail on the head with this quote when it comes to life in the digital era. According to Franklin involvement is crucial when it comes to learning process. How can you apply this quote to your digital parenting? For example take your child’s opinion when it comes to choosing a new mobile application or a movie. 

4. We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” 
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

It’s such a great quote I couldn’t resist including it in one of my previous posts on the challenges parents face in the digital world. Every parent wants the best future for their children, which is not always doable. What they can do instead is to prepare them for the future. It means equipping children with useful knowledge and skills as well as helping them to get ready for the challenges and dangers of the world.

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Thanks for reading and see you next week.

Magdalena | Appetite For Education

7 things you should do before giving your iPad or iPhone to your child

 little baby baby chews on a mobile phone in colorful striped clothing

How you ever ended up having your important documents or apps deleted/random emails sent to your collegues? A couple of weeks ago Splash Math created an infographic: 10 Things That Can Happen When You Give Your iPad to Your Kid. Hilarious and so true! That article about the most common incidents was an inspiration for me for creating this little guide and infographic with tips how to protect your iPad/iPhone if you have children around it.

1. Buy a protective cover – accidents happen, but in this case they be easily prevented. Getting a cover for your device if your child uses it is a must: it will decrease chances of having your iPad/iPhone replaced much sooner than you intended to. Also consider purchasing a cushioned case that will help your device survive most falls.

2. Talk with your child about places where using iPad/iPhone is allowed. Set clear rules – make sure they understand which places are a big ”no no” – like a bathtub or a table in the dining room.

3. Set a password. If you are going to let your kid take the iPad/iPhone with them outside, think about setting a password. In order to do that tap ”Settings”, then ”General” and finally ”Password Lock” If your child loses the device, you won’t risk a stranger having access to the private information you stored there. Make sure that the password is not too easy  or too obvious, yet simple enough to be remembered by your child.

4. Control the content your child can view. Go to ”Settings”, tap ”General” and enter ”Restrictions” at the bottom of the page. Use the options there to control the content or apps your child can view. Choose a different password from the one you used in the previous tip. On the same page you can also disable the option of installing new apps or deleting them.

5. Disable in-app purchases. Having another character in a game or a great new item in the collection can be a temptation that will be too big for your kid to resist. 🙂 Save your wallet and their feelings by simply disabling in-app purchases. You can do it from the same place where you controlled the visible content. 

6. If your child is over 13, you can use monthly allowance plan – in that way you can control the amount of money your child spends on apps. It is also a great way to teach your child about finances. How to do that? Set up an iTunes account for them. Then go to ”Quick links” and tap on ”Send iTunes gifts”. After a window pops out, choose ”Learn more about gifting”. Scroll down to ”Allowances” section and choose ”Set up an allowance”. Fill in the information with your name, the recipient’s name, the amount of montly allowance and the date of the beginning. Done!

7. Create folders with files for your kid – your child will have their favorite apps, photos etc. in one place and that will decrease the chances of them roaming around the device.

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See you next week,

Magdalena | Appetite For Education

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