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- Dynamo survey asks: Just how worried are parents over mobile device use?
When we first came up with the idea for Dynamo, it was based on our own experience and concerns as parents along with those of other personal acquaintances. What we couldn't say for sure was just how prevalent our worries were for other parents. From what age are kids getting their first devices and beginning to develop undesirable habits with them? Just how worried are parents about how much time their children spend with smartphones in their hands and the threat of online predators? What is it exactly about smartphone use that troubles parents most? We quickly discovered there was plenty of thirst for a solution like Dynamo, but these questions still needed some clarification, so we conducted our own survey of American parents aged 35-45 to gain a clearer understanding of their concerns. How early is too early? One interesting detail we noticed immediately was that nearly half (43%) of respondents with children 10 or younger said their kids had their own mobile devices, many with an unlimited data plan, giving them unfettered access to the entire online world. In fact, this result included children as young as 2 and kids with multiple devices of their own. This highlights the difficulty parents face in limiting their children's access to smart devices at a young age, despite 80% of respondents expressing concern over the amount of time their kids spend on their digital devices. Is it realistic to keep your kids’ smartphone free into their teenage years? Peer pressure makes this more and more difficult the older they get and, as one respondent pointed out, kids need to be proficient in technology to have any chance of success in the modern workforce. Is device use providing real value? To be sure, it's an impossible task to weigh all the positives and negatives of smartphone use and make a blanket judgment one way or the other. On one hand, familiarity with mobile technology helps kids prepare for the future, be more efficient with their school work and puts endless knowledge at the tips of their fingers. On the other hand, parents are worried about the value mobile devices provide for their children, and they have every right to be if the situation isn’t being handled correctly. Predators could even be lurking online where children may encounter them. When asked if their children regularly lose track of time while engaged in mindless activities on mobile devices, over 80% answered in the affirmative, though some pointed out that the same sometimes happens to them (even parents have a thing or two to learn sometimes). We heard about all kinds of measures taken to reduce excessive use and its negative effects, but most described an uphill battle characterized by frustration and fear - fear for their children's social development, fear from predators online and even fear for their eyesight. This all adds up to an experience of questionable value for children - one of the main factors taken into consideration with the creation of Dynamo. Fewer and fewer parents will have the will to keep kids away from mobile devices past a certain age, but finally giving in comes with a series of concerns to be mitigated. Dynamo includes tools to help kids stay safe in the digital jungle and conditions the use of their devices on an experience that provides real educational value. If your children want to spend mindless time in front of a screen, Dynamo guarantees that they'll have to use it for something mindful first.
- 3 tips to motivate your children to learn
Every child is born curious about the world, but somewhere along the way, too many kids tend to lose the active thirst for knowledge we know could help propel them forward in life. Some of the reasons might be hormones and external influences that send the message that learning isn't "cool". For some kids, the way formal education is structured may be discouraging and holding them back. But the bottom line is that there are steps you can take to inspire your kids to thirst for knowledge in and outside of the classroom. And make no mistake, you'll be doing them a huge favor. 1. Use the principles of gamification Kids love games, all the more so as computer games become more complex and engaging. In fact, a lot of parents are probably trying to pry their kids away from games so they can learn. That could even be the reason you're reading this right now. But slow down... there is a lot that kids can learn from games and gamification. Educational games can, of course, educate your kids directly, perhaps even more effectively than lectures and textbooks. Games engage more of a child's senses than simply reading or listening, often holding their attention far longer. That gives gaming massive potential for educating your kids in a meaningful way - it all depends on what games they play. Even routine schoolwork can be turned into a creative game to get your kids motivated. 2. Condition "fun" activities on completing "boring" ones For some kids, however, in certain circumstances and at certain ages, games don't really cut it, especially if they're too simple. Children can be acutely aware of a game as a veiled attempt at getting them to conform and learn. They would rather play exciting games purely for their entertainment value. The good news is that these particularly aware children are usually easy to reason with honestly. Tell them they can play games or do whatever else they should choose once they've completed more "boring" tasks that need to be done like homework or reading a chapter in a book. Just like insisting they eat their vegetables before dessert, even smartphone apps like ours, Dynamo, can condition their free time on their devices on a moment of educational value. 3. Highlight your children's strengths Yes, some subjects simply have to be learned. Many children struggle with math, others with history or writing; maybe they're demotivated in these areas because they just don't come easy, but they have to tackle them anyway. However, being discouraged in one or two difficult subjects shouldn't be considered a valid reason for your children to give up on learning altogether. That's why, even as you help them through the subject they struggle with, it's equally important to take whatever time is left to expand on the topics that they are interested in and enjoy. Every little bit counts and your children's interests may change over time, but encouraging them to pursue topics they are good at and enjoy is a form of positive reinforcement and a win for the impulse to learn. You'll need a mixed bag of tools to keep your kids motivated, from using a bit of discipline to letting them tell you what keeps them interested and using that however you can. The important thing is not to give up. Set an example yourself by keeping your own mind fresh and excited to learn. Read that book you've always wanted to - watch a good documentary every once in a while instead of a movie. If your children can see the value that learning brings to a person's life with their own eyes, they'll hardly be able to ignore it.
- Can smartphones be used as educational tools?
The digital age was supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread, but any parent will tell you that they’ve worried at least once or twice that smartphone use may be supporting undesirable behavior in their children. Smartphones really have brought a new set of challenges to parenting over the past several years, but there are a few facts about digital devices that make their potential as educational tools unquestionable. Among other things, smartphones: Put all the knowledge gained throughout history in your child’s hands Make social interaction easier Are remarkably flexible tools that can be easily personalized to fit your needs These three characteristics alone mean that yes, smartphones can in fact be used as educational tools, and to remarkable effect. This logic follows many of the same thoughts expressed on this video on the positive use of tech and media: Now, here are just a few ways your children can use the power of their smartphone specifically to educate themselves and go further in life. The internet Of course, not everywhere online is a good place for children to spend their time, but the internet is an awesome resource for schoolwork and personal curiosity and smartphones bring them directly into your child’s hands. There are educational YouTube videos (do you use YouTube Kids already?) and forums to ask questions and get answers from others. By following the activity of certain educational influencers online, they can start to figure out which topics truly interest them and how to find out more about it. Games What? Games? That’s probably exactly the thing you would like to get your kids away from. Well, don’t be so fast, because certain games have incredible educational value. From puzzle-solving and geography games to more complex epics that take place in historical settings, games can help children learn about the world in a positive and engaging way, not to mention that the very act of gaming itself has been shown to foster some positive traits for the modern world, like teamwork, finding solutions quickly and recovering from failure. Educational apps Believe it or not, there are lots of developers and entrepreneurs who want to help your children get educational value from their devices. Dynamo, for example, requires that children answer an educational question every time they want to unlock their phone. Others have found their own unique ways of highlighting the educational potential of the smartphone. The best part is that the wide variety of apps available means that you can mix and match, creating an educational cocktail specifically for your child. School projects Smartphones are excellent tools for efficiency and kids who don’t learn how to use them properly at a young age could find themselves at a disadvantage in the working world. Encourage your children to use efficiency-related tools like Google Docs and organizers on their smartphones to gain strong proficiency with the technology and make their schoolwork that much easier. In the end, turning your child’s smartphone into an educational tool is simply a matter of carefully choosing how it’s used. Encourage the use of tools you feel are valuable to your children. Take responsibility and turn the smartphone into a teacher and a friend.
- Parent, child and phone | Positive Screen Time, education and communication
Zero hassle for parents. Tons of value for kids. Dynamo makes your child’s smartphone positive and meaningful. What is Dynamo? Educational Communicative Safe Fun Dynamo Feed Social engagement between parent and child The Parent's app a view to your child’s experience Lockscreen challenge Ongoing questions with every opening of the smartphone in Math, Languages, Trivia, and more The Child's app an educational, fun, and safe experience Why Dynamo? Algorithm Questions adapt and update as your kid gets smarter What parents think of Dynamo Mary, Mother of Noah (9 years old), Wisconsin “All of a sudden he knew the multiplication table by heart” Karen, Mother of June (9 years old), California “They kept answering questions, and once it got easy, I updated to a higher lesson” Gary, Father of Jill (8 years old), Massachusetts “Dynamo isn’t intrusive and lets my kid answer questions little by little, and in the end they are learning a lot” Anne, Mother of Abby (7 years old) “My kid has a phone, and now she gets some education instead of just nonsense. A win-win for me, especially after I saw how she’s doing and improved” About us We’re a group of parents who have created Dynamo to provide positive child and parent experiences in the smartphone era. Smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives, as well as our children. We postpone getting them their own phone as much as we can, yet due to many reasons and needs, they end up having one, and then we cannot go back. So we've made Dynamo to provide children a safe and educational format, while granting the parents a view into this process. To avoid them falling into senseless browsing, playing, and negative screentime, Dynamo developed a platform which grants a fun and educational experience, provided every single time they unlock their phone. This makes sure that along with any rules, timetables, and solutions you may already be implementing, your child receives an extra boost of learning throughout their day, every single day. They improve, and you get to see it happening. Feel free to contact us with any questions, feedback, to learn more, or even chat with our team. Dynamo is the 3rd company Orr and Nim co-lead (last two were acquired in 2014 and 2015). Orr Kowarsky Founder & CTO Nim Bar Levin Founder & CEO Kobi Isha VP R&D Gal Shkedi VP Product & Creative Tomer Sapir Front end
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