Encouraging Kids to πŸ€” Critically in a Digital 🌎

Technology, apps and tech-speak is reaching our children at younger ages each year. How many of us have handed our smartphones to the youngest person in the room to fix a problem or to answer a question for us? Even if the child is in their early elementary years… πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ πŸ™‹πŸΏβ€β™‚οΈπŸ™‹πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ™‹πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ We have. Guilty as charged.

Kids are starting a new school year, making new friends and being exposed to new ideas and decisions to make. Critical thinking is more important than ever as parents universally hope we’ve done enough and they’ll make the right choices. Every generation has had the challenge of teaching their kids to make good decisions and to weigh the pros and cons before acting. But, the truth is, parenting in the digital age is a different kind of beast. Technology and apps move at a pace quicker than we do. Therefore, we have to find ways to teach kids problem solving and decision making skills that defy the digitial age. Think their elementary years are too soon to begin? πŸ€” again.

In the following article, Joyce Marter, dives into how nurturing critical thinking and decision making in a digital world is possible. Her suggestions include approaching children in waysΒ that help bridge the gap between Snapchat, texts and real conversation. It’s a must read for households with kids who already have or will have a cell phone, tablet and/or computer in the near future. This meansΒ YOU.