Like most children we know, my girlies love to use technology. They love using tablets, like the iPad and Kindle, to play games and complete school work. Now, before my husband and allowed the girlies to use the tablets, he took time to prepare them for tablet use. He protected the tablets with passwords. He organized apps in cute little folders so the girls knew where to find the things they needed. He talked to them about using the volume control and made sure they knew how to turn the tablets on and off. We thought he’d covered all the bases.
One evening after our trio was in bed, my husband sat down to use the iPad and discovered a large crack across the tablet’s screen. The next day when we questioned the girlies, they, of course, had a hard time recalling how the crack got there. After we finally got the bottom of the story, my husband and I realized we really needed to do a better job of teaching our kids to take care of tablets.
And so, after lots of discussion and trying to imagine every tablet damaging scenario, my husband and I came up with a list of guidelines for tablet usage. We went over every single guideline to make sure the girlies understood how to use and care for the tablets. Here are our Tablet Usage Guidelines.
- Ask for permission to use the tablet.
- Wash your hands before using the tablet.
- Use both hands when carrying the tablet.
- Walk while carrying the tablet.
- Keep the cover on the tablet.
- Never hold the tablet by its cover.
- Set the tablet down gently.
- Keep foods and drinks away from the tablet.
- Use headphones so others are not distracted by tablet sounds.
- Sit down while using the tablet.
- Touch the tablet screen gently.
- Tell a parent when the battery is low.
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