How tech tools available today put a modern touch on the labor of love

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  • Advances in technology undoubtedly aid today’s digital-first generation of parents, but also trigger new challenges and vulnerabilities

Raising kids has always meant taking charge, but today, it’s also about taking chargers… and USB cables, and Bluetooth speakers—all the stuff from your work bag—and migrating it to the diaper bag.

The smartphone you jokingly called a “toy”? Well, load it up with Elmo apps because now it’s an actual toy. And while Wi-Fi enabled devices aren’t exactly a choking hazard, they do present new challenges for this digital-first generation of parents.

The moments captured here are part of our collective new normal.

“Toddlers will use the first generation of apps for kids that teach more than touch typing.”

Screen aware

Touchscreen devices are designed to be useful for adults, but children are just as transfixed—if not more so. As toddlers enter school, they’ll be using the first generation of apps and games aimed at kids that teach more than touch typing. In fact, apps aimed at the youngest users may not presume literacy at all. App developers who can think intuitively and creatively and build experiences that appeal to the youngest audiences could find themselves gaining lifelong loyal customers.   

Tapping towards destruction

Devices can carry thousands of games, much to the delight of parents—and their kids. Downloading new weapons or magic potions is fun for them, but even more fun for hackers who can sneak malware into digital goods, ringtones or even streaming video. Developers must leverage user data and find new ways to bake security into the low levels of their apps so that preventing malware doesn’t mean that magic potion downloads any slower. (There are monsters to kill, after all.) The operating systems that run these apps and the stores that sell them are starting to do their part to prevent vulnerabilities by taking data-centric approaches to security.

Familial connection

A lot of families find themselves on an annual quest for the land before screen time. But in fact, technology has become a key element to making the most of vacations. Finding your way to a campsite? Use a navigation app. In a foreign country? Learn basic language skills via a podcast. Planning your trip? Ebooks make better tourism guides than bulky hardcovers. Travelling to remote locales? You can rely on anytime, anywhere connectivity. The travel industry is no stranger to the digital world, and they rely on technology partners like HPE to keep up with the needs of modern parents who are ready for some R&R.

The parent-teacher (tele)conference

Thanks to the cloud, schools can offer new resources for parents to access report cards, review assignments and track their children’s progress online. So while there shouldn’t be any surprises at the next parent-teacher (tele)conference, kids always find a way.

Viral remedies

At school during flu season, the nurse’s office is often even busier than the computer lab. Digital health records can help regional health officials predict when a cold virus might reach a tipping point in your community, giving ample warning to students who are at risk of complications. It’s no longer a foregone conclusion that everybody has to get what’s going around, which means fewer missed classes and better grades.

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