Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Embracing Technology for Children

You know what?  I'm going to go ahead and say it.

I'm a mom that likes giving my child screen time.

I know there are different views out there on the subject, but from my standpoint, I think exposure to different types of technology can be beneficial for a child.  We live in a constantly changing world, and it's so important to give children the opportunity to experience the variety of educational technology out there.

Of course, this comes with some moderation.  Of course it's not healthy to plop a toddler in front of a TV/computer all day. But I think it's great to give children some exposure to educational, developmentally appropriate technology.

It can be tricky to find that developmentally appropriate technology though, especially for a toddler.  We've had experience with other tablets that, honestly, just haven't been appropriate for Emma Ramey's age.  They can often be hard for a toddler to manipulate and, sometimes, they just don't have a variety of educational opportunities that I like.  If I'm going to give my child screen time, I at least want it to be a worthwhile opportunity for her.  And of course, I want her to enjoy it too!

The Kurio Xtreme really answered all of the concerns I've had about giving Emma Ramey a tablet that was appropriate for her. This tablet is built especially for kids. We've really loved exploring the educational games on the Kurio Xtreme. Her favorite is Miss Humblebee's Academy - complete with reading, music, and art lessons! The tablet includes an interface that is easy for children to operate, while containing safety features that make it easy for a parent to keep an eye on what their children are doing. It allows for up to 8 (adorably-themed) profiles per tablet...those out there with lots of children are getting way more bang for your buck.

If you have older children, you can feel totally safe letting them browse the web on a Kurio Xtreme. The device features a secure and browser-independent ‘Kurio Genius’ Internet filtering system with security levels covering over 500 million websites and in-app web filtering.  Parents can rest assured that their children won't stumble upon any inappropriate websites or apps on the Kurio. Kids can safely message/email friends or take pictures and video too!  This really has all of the functionality of a grown-up tablet, but made safe and functional for kids.

The parental controls on the Kurio Xtreme are so thorough. The easy-to-use Parental Area is password protected and enhanced with granular parental controls - such as time restraints and limiting web access - for up to 8 user profiles. You can set play time limits, restrict certain websites, and allow/block ads.

And, in case you were concerned about kids becoming couch potatoes with the Kurio Xtreme, fear not!  One of my favorite features of the device is the addition of body motion gaming. Kids can get up and move to play racing games, sports games and more. There are 10 exclusive body motion games built into the Kurio Xtreme!

The Kurio Xtreme comes loaded with over $300 worth of technology for your child. That includes over 90 kid-friendly popular games and apps, like Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride, Cut the Rope 2 and Subway Surfer. This is such a great value for the price!

The Kurio Xtreme is in stores now! You can find out more about the product at their website.

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