Biking, Swimming? Nah. Survey Says Kids Master Tech First

Leticia Barr, a former classroom teacher and the blogger behind Tech Savvy Mama, said that while the tech-related tasks and life skills listed in the survey may not exist on the same developmental plane for kids, the survey's findings still highlight that parents should be aware of what their kids are doing online and balance it with activities offline.

Several factors affect a child's ability to accomplish a developmental task like riding a bike or writing their name, she said, and "as a parent, it has to do with the kinds of balance you provide and the kinds of exposure [you provide]."

Parents also say the study's findings speak to how much time adults spend with their technology and how much their kids are able to absorb.

Monica Vila, founder and chief technology mom of the parenting website The Online Mom, said she believes that children need to be well-versed in the ways of technology to compete, but added that children and adults need to learn when to step away from it, too.

Adults Need to Lead by Example, Back Away From Technology When Necessary

Learning how to operate high-tech machines is important, she said, but, especially considering that drowning is a top killer of kids in the U.S., learning how to swim and other basic skills can't be ignored.

While the desire to be connected can become an obsession, she said, adults need to be more thoughtful about how they use technology for their own sake and for their kids'.

"I think there's an evolution that parents have to come through. You have to learn to put it down," she said. "We have to be the people we want our kids to become. ... [we] have to learn to disconnect."

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