The Cybertraps Podcast Gift Giving Guide LIVE 092

Show Notes
The power of experience for adults in teaching
– The holidays are rushing towards us
– Welcome to the Debby Downer holiday gift review!
– It may be a challenging shopping season
– Still significant post-pandemic supply chain issues
– What are the hot tech toys for 2021?
– Fire HD 10 Kids Pro tablet
– The latest and greatest kid-centric Amazon Fire gives kids more freedom to explore via a digital store where kids can request apps (pending parental approval). They can also make video and voice calls and play all their favorite age-appropriate games.
– Google Stadia
– Stadia is a blast. Let’s start there. Once you’re set up, having the ability to play anywhere you want, is pretty great. The games are fun, well-rendered, hook you quickly, and we had really good experiences in terms of resolution on our TV and frankly our Chrome browser too. The entire set up for Google Stadia is $99 — and that includes one month free access to games, with pricing $9.99 a month after that. This is a fun option for families (especially parents) particularly as a budget entertainment option at home — and a great treat for the holidays.
– Nintendo Switch
– Nearly every child (and many adults!) have the Nintendo Switch on their holiday list. This on-the-go-slash-household device is great for keeping kids entertained with family-friendly games and also makes for a fun family game night. It’s also one of the tech gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself.
– Osmo Math Wizard & the Magical Workshop
– Osmo Math Wizard & the Magical Workshop makes learning fun and interactive, providing a smart way to use screen time. While Osmo offers a range of programming for all ages, this one in particular caters to those six to eight, teaching addition and subtraction via hands-on play. In order to use it, an Osmo Base for iPad or Fire Tablet and an iPad or Fire Tablet are required.
– Handheld game console with a crank designed by a software company called Panic
– What are factors that parents should consider?
– Should you opt out of the shopping splurge altogether?
– Used or refurbished?
– Experiences instead of things? Family outings or trips?
– Subscription boxes?
– Remarkably few safety guides at this time of year
– Take the time research any toys that you are considering purchasing
– What types of connectivity does the toy have?
– What can your child do online with the toy?
– Who can they communicate with
– What data might be or is collected from your child?
– Check out our earlier podcast, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
– Is your child ready for a more advanced tech toy or gadget?
– Pay attention to age ratings
– Err on the side of waiting
– How much screen time has your child had over the past year+? Is more a good idea?
– Have you discussed rules regarding the use of new toys or gadgets with your spouse? Are you ready to discuss those rules (and enforce) them with your child?
– Consider toys that are interactive, emphasize physical skills, and family interaction
– Tech gifts and gaming devices can certainly be a family activity, if you are actually interacting while you play
– There are no supply chain issues for your time and interaction with your child
– Resources
– #2021–11–07 How to Buy Nothing New This Holiday Gifting Season
– #2021–11–05 59 Best Gifts for Kids 2021
– #2021–11–04 Here are the hottest toys of the 2021 holiday season, according to Amazon
– #2021–11–03 PARENTS Names The Best Toys Of 2021
– #2021–10–25 The Best Subscription Boxes for Kids
– #2021–10–20 The Ultimate Holiday Tech Gift Guide for Parents 2021
– #2021–10–15 The Hottest Tech Toys for Kids
– #2021–09–23 These Are the Hottest Toys for the Holidays, According to The Toy Insider

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