Black Friday is fast approaching. Are you ready? If you’re looking to score some good deals on tech gifts for the kiddos this year, then this is the day to do it. Just make sure you know exactly what you’re purchasing (and why) before you do the deal. Here’s what you need to know before you buy.
### Is it age-appropriate?
Unlike other toys, some tech gifts don’t come with age recommendations, and even if they did, the guidelines may not apply to your child. As a parent, you know best whether your child is ready for a device, whether it be a laptop, gaming console, or Smartphone. Don’t get pressured into a purchase because it’s on sale or because “everyone else” is getting one. When all else fails, trust your gut.
### How and when will your child use the gift?
A new device is a big deal—one that could potentially wreak havoc on your child’s grades and social life if you’re not careful. Before you buy, decide how you envision your child using the gadget and for how long each day or week. Be sure you set down these guidelines as soon as your child receives the gift and don’t let “the magic of the moment” sway your decision.
### How will you monitor usage?
When it comes to kids and technology, rules are practically made to be broken. That’s why a new device requires a commitment from you, the parent. Decide beforehand exactly how you plan to monitor your child’s usage. Remember, with automated Internet filters like Qustodio, responsible monitoring doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming.
### Is it Internet-ready?
More and more devices are coming Internet-ready these days, so if you’re not ready to unleash your child onto the Web, then make sure you ask before you buy. If the device can be connected to the Internet, be sure it is protected. Internet access can be restricted or even turned off entirely on most devices.
It’s tempting to give your child exactly what he wants, especially on a holiday such as Christmas. Before you get too wrapped up in the excitement, though, think through what types of technology your child is really ready for and how you can help him use it responsibly.