We are living in a digital age where computers and other digital gadgets rule the world around us and keep us connected to friends and family all over the world. Because computers have such a major impact on the world we live in today it is very important to introduce our children and get them acclimated with using a computer.
Children are getting smarter and smarter and as parents we have to keep up with those little brains and really cultivate their minds. I started introducing my now two year old to computers at about the age of 6 months. He now can navigate his games by himself at only the age of two years old going on three.
The best advice I can give parents who are ready to start introducing their little ones to computers is to start by just having the baby on your lap as you work on the computer so they can see how mommy or daddy does it. Once your child becomes interested in helping you push the buttons it is time to get them their own little computer game.
I purchased the Jump*Start Advanced Toddlers and Baby Programs. I started with the baby program that responds to any buttons that are pressed on the computer. My son loved this little pictures popped up songs began to play it was a very stimulating experience for him. Once he mastered that and could connect that his movements were making things happen on the screen I moved him up to the Jump*Start Advanced Toddlers. The Toddlers game was a little more difficult for him to play alone but he finally mastered it. The games go over colors, shapes, numbers and the alphabet. These programs also work on hand and eye coordination and basic computer skills.
We have now moved on to the Go Diego Go! Great Dinosaur & Rescue/Safari Rescue 2-Game Set. My son absolutely loves this game he asks to play it every single day (we do however limit computer time to about 15 mins every other day). The Go Diego Go! Games help preschoolers learn a host of things, those being: problem solving, language skills, basic Spanish, counting, science, creativity and a host of other skills.
***As a side not my son does have his own laptop. I upgraded and gave him my old one I disabled the internet and removed anything that I didn’t want to get lost since a little person was going to be using the computer.***