Ten to fifteen years ago, gadgets were still an adult monopoly. However, today gadgets have become the property of almost all ages. Children, including toddlers, though did not escape the influence of the proliferation of gadgets (smartphones, tablets, phablet, laptops, and so on). This phenomenon is like a double-edged sword for parents. The gadget can clearly educate or plunge children.
Of course, today’s parents may not get in the way of their children using gadgets. This is especially when triggered by the reality that the child saw many friends already have gadgets. Parents end up having to buy gadgets for not having the heart to their constant whining.
The following description (Age, Effort, and Money) can be a guide for parents when children start asking for gadgets.
Actually, there is no standard benchmark for the age of the child to start using the gadget. However, a child’s cognitive development can be an appropriate reference. According to Jean Piaget, a famous figure of developmental psychology from Switzerland. A child enters a real, operational (concrete operational) phase of thinking at the age of 7 to 11 years.
In the age range of 7 to 11 years, children can better understand other people and the environment around them. So more can empathize and not as selfish as the previous age (0 – 7 years). Children are also better able to think logically about many things and categorize them in the right group.
Children at that age can already be invited to discuss with their parents when they ask for a gadget for the first time. Furthermore, parents can ask the child about his motivation to own the gadget.
Child Business to Have Gadget
After knowing the motivation of the child, parents can teach that they can own the gadget through their own efforts. This is important, so the child will become more appreciative gadget later as a result of his efforts.
Children and parents can get together to find relevant information about the gadget they want to buy. Such information includes gadget features and their prices. Parents can teach children the importance of doing research before doing anything. Though small and simple, through the process of finding information about gadgets.
Money Owned by Parents
Gadgets, of course, do not include primary needs as well as clothing, food, and boards. Although the intention of parents is good that is to facilitate the interests of children. A proper priority scale in the use of funds should also always be a consideration before buying a gadget.
Such understanding should be kept in mind so that it is not excessive in spending money. Gadgets that are physical as if they only serve as a means of communication and information. It can also function as a learning medium in a family during the purchase and use process.