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Technology and children: When are they ready for safe use?


Today's children and teenagers use different ones applications exchanging messages and social media to communicate with their friends. The FacebookThe TwitterThe InstagramThe Snapchat are their favorite choices. However, the dangers of the internet are many, That's why kids shouldn't use technology without it parental control.

Never, but we can say that children are ready to use with safety technology?

Here are some things to keep in mind:

We evaluate the maturity of the child

We see her general behavior child's. We believe that it can handle situations that may arise during use smartphone or Facebook? Can he handle relationships with a stranger or misbehave with him (eg bullying)?

We try to understand the child's world

If our child tells us that all his friends have a smartphone, we need to think about it. For many children, the fact that all their friends are doing something is very important. Nowadays, children and teenagers do not have time to engage in many activities and meet their friends (outside of school). So technology offers one possibility of communication. If the child is different from his peers in terms of technology use, it can even lead to Social isolation. Therefore, we can allow it to use technological means with safety and control.

We talk to other parents

It's good to we communicate with the parents of our children's friends to see the tactics that follow. Ideally, there should be cooperation between the parents so that there is a common approach. All children's friends will have the same rights and the same controls.

Suitable age for any technological medium



Children of age 12 years and under should not have access on Internet without parental permission. Using one parental control software, which restricts children's access to inappropriate material, is necessary. THE computer must be in shared space in the home to allow for immediate control.

Social media

Social media, like Facebook, has age limits. However, this does not prevent many children under the age of 14 from using it platform. Young children can be exposed to inappropriate material and behaviors. However, they often do not have the maturity to handle such material and situations before 13-14.

SMS and messaging applications

Children in pre-adolescence, who have shown some maturity, may be able to send messages and use such applications. However, they must be very careful and report any strange behavior immediately.


When it comes to using a smartphone, it is important to clarify how we want the child to use it phone. We need to know all the functions of the phone and how the child can use them (often there are problems with indistinguishable photos). Some schools ban cell phones. And the possibilities GPS can cause problems. One could watch our child at any time.

When children are ready to use technology has nothing to do with age maturity. This can only be assessed with observation of the child's general behavior and talk to him. In any case, no matter how mature the child is, there must be limits on use and parental control.


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