It occurred to me recently that children born anywhere up to ten years ago are going to have a vastly different childhood to ours. My experience of state-of-the-art technology progressed slowly from Walkmans, to CD players, to a Nokia 3210, and eventually my own slow computer and laptop.
Children today are getting their parents to buy them smartphones and tablets with more processing power than all of my childhood technology combined. We don’t yet know how today’s technology will affect children differently to how our technology affected us.
Read on for a breakdown of popular reasons for and against children possessing mobile technology.
Apparently, when books first became common, parents were reluctant to let their children have them, fearing that they would spend all their time reading, and rot their brains. Today our digital gadgets have the same bad rep. But electronic devices can be helpful for developing coordination, for learning, for safe entertainment… or just for keeping kids quiet for a little while. If you’ve got a child and an Android device, these 30 apps will help with all of those.