On this super-connected planet that we live on, the lines have been blurred between our online and offline worlds. This can be challenging as an adult as we often hear how too much screen time can be debilitating or how we are becoming addicted to social media.
Whilst there are some quite real and valid concerns around the impact of tech on our lives, we sometimes overlook how technology can enrich our time on this planet. For parents, there is the ongoing concern of finding the right balance for their children when it comes to technology – well fear not, today we have 5 perfectly valid reasons as to why one of the fastest growing tech markets can be good for your kids – yes, we are talking drones.
Drones have taken the world by storm over the last few years and it is not just professional photographers and videographers who are privy to such wonderful aerial tech. With a wide range of drones available there is something to suit every budget and every need. Whilst most drone manufacturers will suggest their products are to be used by children aged 14+ only, there are some really valid arguments to be made for allowing teenagers earlier access to this growing technological field. Of course, you will need to adhere to local laws concerning drone usage but here are 5 reasons why you should let your kids fly drones.
5) Enjoying the Great Outdoors
One thing that most parents complain about when it comes to kids consuming tech is that they spend too much time indoors. There is nothing more exhilarating than finding the perfect external location for a drone race or video shoot.
Not only will your kids be getting some fresh air they will also be looking for new places to fly and film – taking them to places they would otherwise not have been.
4) A Sense of Responsibility
No matter how old you are or whether you are taking to the skies with a lightweight drone or a heavier high-end UAV there is a weight of responsibility that comes with piloting.
Not only is it a great way for children to realize the importance of certain laws and regulations, it also enables them to actively practice the observance of such laws and in turn gives them an enormous sense of responsibility that would be difficult to replicate in other walks of life.
3) Learning Transferrable Skills
There is much more to flying a drone than just randomly pushing a few buttons on a controller. From researching locations, checking local laws and planning a day trip to planning a film shoot, editing the footage and then sharing in relevant online communities – there is so much more to flying a drone than just the flying.
Many of these skills are completely transferrable into other aspects of life and it is these softer skills that are so vitally important for young people and that they often lack the opportunity to access.
2) Opportunities for Coding
Drones such as the Ryze/DJI Tello are promoting coding opportunities right out of the box. This gives kids an early opportunity to learn how to code in a basic language in a fun and fully interactive manner.
A number of schools have already seized the opportunity to spark the interest of their young minds in this way.
Above all, flying a drone is fun. Let’s not forget that.
Kids love to be in control and they love to have fun – flying a drone allows them to do both of these things and so long as they are observing local regulations and are acting in a responsible manner then this high-end level of fun is hurting nobody and has so many advantages.