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Parenting in the Technological World

Friday 15th April

Technology is just everywhere isn’t it? Omnipresent, ever there, something that can consume hours and hours by sitting looking at it. But what if technology wasn’t something that you passively consumed? What if technology was a tool that you used to unlock your creativity and passion?

We’ve been running our company Technology Will Save Us (we make DIY tech kits for kids) since 2012 and over the past few years we’ve learned A LOT about parents concerns around technology. As a parent with a young son myself, I understand what it’s like to feel like they’ve been born with an iPad in their hand. Did you know that there are already over 600,000 unfilled positions in the tech sector alone and as 65% of our children will be working in jobs that don’t even exist yet, that gap is sure to grow. I want my son to grow up in a world where he has the design and engineering skills at his fingertips to create and invent his own future.

The number one fear for parents that we hear time and again is around the fear of too much screen time. In the past few months, there have been so many articles written about the dangers of screen time, and the way it affects our children. We think there’s so much more to tech than screens anyway, but if time spent at the screen is productive and part of unlocking other skills we don’t see the problem. It’s especially important when we’re talking about technology to understand the way young people interact with it. We think the secret to getting kids attention is by unlocking the screen’s (amongst other tech) mysteries and tinkering and playing with technology.

We hear a lot about quality of play, parents want to feel like their kids are getting benefit from their free-time as much as their school-time. There is a growing agreement that play is best when it is educational, according to the 2015 IKEA play report, with six out of ten parents expressing this view – an increase from under half in 2009. We believe that educational play is great but also that it is FUN. There are so many great projects to undertake with your kids, that benefit you both. Take a look at our resources or Instructables and DIY.org for inspiration, they have bags of things for your kids to do.

As parents we are all so busy, between work, school and other activities spending quality time together with our family is so important. We want it to be really nourishing. By taking on a project together, time spent together has purpose, it doesn’t need to be huge, but working on small scale projects has so many benefits. Learning something new together is great as it’s an opportunity to troubleshoot and work it out together. We design all our kits with beginners in mind. Even if you are nervous around starting soldering a Gamer Kit or explaining circuits to your kids, we’ve got you covered. We ensure that all the information is there, so your kids can discover the world of tech and you can enjoy the experience together. Letting kids have the freedom to play, freedom to fail and the freedom to get messy are all things that are incredibly important to their development. We believe that as long as you can give them the tools, the instructions and the understanding then you can help avoid any accidents.

We want to unlock kids future potential by finding their passions and interests so they have jobs with tech at the heart of them that they actually love. We don’t know what every young person is going to become passionate about, but we believe if parents and kids can have more opportunities to make, explore, and have fun with technology, these creative experiences will give them the confidence to become lifelong learners and invent their futures.

Originally posted on CityParents.co.uk