You all know I'm not a huge fan of children having constant access to technology. But there really are some benefits to it, especially when it comes to back to school time.
A friend just recently asked on Facebook what is an okay for a child to be left alone after school. This is a perfect example of when a cell phone plays an important role in a child's life, and safety. That child can use a cell phone to call mom or dad before leaving school and once again after they safely arrive home from that walk. It gives a child peace of mind to have that safety net in their pocket and allows a parent instant access to their child when need be.
For an older child, it allows organization of school events, homework, and after school activities. Gone are the days of paper planners in most homes...and phone apps can even give you a reminder on what is due when and the date and time of an appointment. The only downside is no longer being able to say "I forgot!"
Back to school also means back to learning, something that may be a bit more challenging for some kids more than others after three months of freedom. Phone apps and games can help improve certain subjects in a fun way. Actually, it reminds me of my son who uses a tablet in speech therapy. The games they play on it are fun for him but also very educational and I can hear him learning as he plays. Technology is a tool that our children love to turn to because it makes things more of a game than a chore.
Again, it's important to let your children know how they should and should not be using their phones. U.S. Cellular has an awesome parent/child agreement which can be printed off and used as a way to bring up this important topic with your child/teen.
Technology not only helps students, but teachers as well. And
U.S. Cellular's ongoing commitment to the community and education, the
company has contributed more than $7 million through this and other
philanthropic programming. Starting today K-12 public school teachers
can register online at DonorsChoose and affiliate as a U.S. Cellular
teacher. Then beginning August 11, they can post their classroom
projects for funding consideration. Through DonorsChoose
U.S. Cellular has funded more than 4,500 classroom projects to date,
which included technology tools, art equipment and science experiments.
All projects must be submitted by September 21 to be eligible for this
year’s funding. Selected projects will be in
announced in October. How awesome is that?
What pros and cons do you see with your child and technology as they start another school year?
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade; all opinions are my own.