There are many opinions out there concerning technology use and our children.
Some feel they are plugged in too much and not participating in enough extracurricular activities outdoors, sports, creative arts or old-fashioned family time like reading together or playing board games.
While it’s always a good idea to put limits on everyone’s screen time (parents included!), the good thing about today's tech devices is that many of them are made so that the whole family can enjoy them together, which can be just as fun and stimulating when balanced with traditional activities.
Tablets are devices the whole family can use together in a variety of ways that can be both educational entertaining. There are many games you can play together while taking turns: ones you love and remember like Oregon Trail; and ones they love like Angry Birds. Try playing classic board games like Scrabble without the mess of cleaning up those small wooden squares or using your tablet as an interactive recipe book while cooking with the kids.
Gaming consoles aren’t just for hardcore gamers anymore. Since the release of the original Nintendo Wii, other manufacturers have also released motion control consoles that get gamers off the couch. Wii Sports allows the family to challenge one another to a boxing match or a game of bowling, tennis or a skiing competition - all of these things are fun to do together while also getting some physical activity. Other consoles, like the Xbox Kinect, offer games that allow you to dance along with your favourite Top 40 dance tracks.
Smartphones aren’t only a way for your kids to play games and text each other, it’s also an easy way to record family memories. You can challenge the kids to get creative shooting their own funny family pictures and videos.
These are just a few ways you and your entire family can enjoy technology together, while also getting in quality family time.