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Huzzah! Technology!

We took some surveys to ask parents about kids and technology. Here are their replies about some of the good things it brings. Tell us about your family's positive experiences with technology!
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My daughter used my cell phone to call my husband when I had an accident. Make sure even the youngest kids know how to make an emergency call!

My 7th grade son moved to a new school, he is socially awkward. He was chosen to be a leader in technology and to help other kids because of his skills. He felt very proud of himself and it helped him make friends.

My 7-year old taught himself how to text. He invited his grandparents for dinner without telling me. THAT was surprising when they showed up for dinner!

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My daughter used my cell phone to call my husband when I had an accident. Ruff says: "Make sure your kids know how to make an emergency call. Show them how to dial on each phone you have. Even smartphones with passwords let you make emergency calls."

My 7th-grade son moved to a new school and is socially awkward. He was chosen to be a leader in technology and to help other kids because of his skills. He felt very proud of himself and it helped him make friends.

If they ask me a question and I don't know, we can look it up online. They have confidence that almost anything can be answered online.

My son loves PBS games! With Ruff Ruffman he has learned about physics and the scientific method. With dinosaur train, he has been inspired to study animals and nature. They also help with hand-eye coordination and reading!

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My daughter and her friends spent a Saturday afternoon listening to The Beatles and The Smiths after going through my husband's record collection. They then got all of their clothes together and organized a record cover photo shoot and created some very cool images!

My middle son created and designed a website for himself when he was seven. He still uses it to communicate with extended family and as an outlet for his fiction and non-fiction writing. There are many free or subscription ways to set up stylish websites or blogs. Make sure you read the terms of service, especially about kids' privacy and to see who owns the content that you post!

My son is a budding artist, and he loves to create pictures on the iPad. It has helped him build dexterity, which has been an issue for him.

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My 7-year old taught himself how to text. He invited his grandparents for dinner without telling me. THAT was surprising when they showed up for dinner!

Our very introverted child really comes out of his shell as a result of being very skilled at sandbox video games and being able to share that knowledge with his friends.

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