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ten years ago seeing a kid with a cell phone was the sign of a spoiled kid, but these days it is more common for parents to want to be able to communicate with their kids at a younger age. Technology is advancing rapidly and this means that there are new gadgets for your child to use and to play with everyday. So how do you keep up with the new ever-changing technological world that your children live in? Well, just send them a text, or check out the new gadgets and popular apps below.
Fisher-Price iXL Learning System This portable tablet is a learning and entertainment system that includes popular apps geared towards children such as “Story Book”, “Game Player”, “Note Book” and “Art Studio”. The device is compatible with both PCs and Macs and allows the user to upload pictures and music. This is a great device to introduce kids to technology as it embraces the idea that technology can be both fun and educational. Fisher-Price Kid Tough Digital Camera The Kid Tough cameras and videocams allow toddlers to take pictures and video from their point of view. The cameras include two eye viewing portals and are as kid proof as a camera can be. The camera has hand grips, large buttons and a 1.4” color screen making it easy for kids to use. And it’s also easy for parents to use, as the USB port allows images to easily be transferred to both Mac’s and PC’s.
Wii Believe it or not, the Nintendo Wii is still in. Similar to how you may remember the classic Nintendo as being the best video game device, the Wii is one of the best video game consoles on the market today. And what makes it different from normal video games is that most Wii games require kids to be active. The Wii is intended for all ages so it is a great device for the whole family. iPad mini Why did Apple make the iPad mini? Well, for the mini hands that use it of course! The iPad mini could not be more geared towards kids. It is the perfect size for them and has everything they would want. It’s a camera, a tablet, a music player, an e-reader, but most of all it is a gaming device. There are also a variety of educational apps that are available from the App Store.
iPad Once kids have reached about 10 years old they have entered the preteen stage, and this means they have outgrown their earlier gadgets. Apple provides a perfect solution for kids this age—the iPad! The iPad is right between the iPad mini and a laptop, and as your kids get older they will want more of a laptop like tablet than a small gaming device. There are iPad keyboards and if your child wants to use the iPad as a laptop buying a keyboard is a great investment. Smartphone The age at which one gets a phone has been decreasing since the creation of the smartphone. The average age for a child to get a phone today is around 10. And these phones are typically smartphones. The most popular smartphones today are iPhones, the HTC One, LG Optimus, Samsung Galaxy, and the Motorola Droid RAZR. While the iPhone and Blackberry Q10 are still popular, it seems that Androids are the new thing.
Instagram This online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking app has become very popular with preteens and teens in the last year. Now instead of reading what your friend is up to via Twitter, Instagram allows you to see what he or she is doing instantly. Many companies and celebrities have Instagram too and many kids enjoy following them. If this is the first social networking site your child is using, I recommend that you keep his or her profile private so that only certain people can access their photos. Vine Similar to Instagram, Vine allows users to create and upload videos. The videos are only allowed to be six seconds in length, but teens can do some pretty crazy and funny stuff in 6 seconds. Vine allows these clips or vines to be uploaded to other social networking devices such as Facebook or Twitter. Snapchat This is probably the most basic app that your teen has on their smartphone. The purpose of Snapchat is to send pictures or videos back and forth to friends, but these snaps are only visible to the other person for a set amount of seconds. Sending pictures back and forth may seem a little boring, but it is a lot of fun and can be addicting.
Karina Alibhai is our new teen correspondent, giving both parents and fellow teens her unique insights on the issues and concerns confronting today’s teenager. We’re very happy to have her perspectives in WestCoast Families in hard copy and also online! Feel free to contact her with questions through this magazine, and read her excellent blog, BTW, which can be found at www.btwgirls.com