Being a parent in the age of artificial intelligence (also more commonly referred to as A.I.) can be highly confusing. With new technologies unfolding before our very eyes, it is no wonder why so many parents are confused if these digital offerings should be of concern to them as much as they will be in the lives of their children.
A.I. can help you as a parent as you nurture your young ones to adulthood. Here are some of the reasons how A.I. can enrich your parent-child relationship:
A.I. can help you find out what your child is struggling with
Many educational institutes are adopting adaptive learning systems which can help both teachers and parents track each individual child’s progress. This is achieved through the system’s ability to sieve through large amounts of data as the child in question interacts with it over time at schools or at enrichment centres.
As a parent, you may find yourself too preoccupied with work and family matters to monitor which subjects and topics your child is having difficulty with. But with the help of A.I., you will be able to find out more by asking a teacher who has access to this large database of information about your child’s learning journey. In the past, parents and teachers would speculate on what subjects and concepts were difficult to grasp for a child. The advent of A.I. however, brings a radical change to better understanding an individual’s learning experience.
With such data at hand, your child’s teacher will now be able to tell you what subjects require more practice, and even tell you how long your child takes to answer the questions posed to him or her in the system. This information can help you make targeted, more informed decisions on buying workbooks that are necessary for your child to practice. Gone are the days where parents would spend exorbitant amounts of money on workbooks covering a wide spectrum of topics without focussing on what their child needs most practice with.
A.I. can help you manage your expectation of your child’s performance
It is common for parents to be curious about how their child is performing relative to other students in their class. While it would have been difficult to obtain accurate information on this decades ago, A.I. can now help you as a parent identify your child’s academic standing and allow you to better manage your expectations of him or her.
It is important to note that your child’s learning pace will vary compared to his or her peers. Regardless of your child’s performance in the classroom, it is vital to ensure that you continue to encourage him or her to keep up the good work, or spend time asking your child if there are reasons why they may be falling behind.
Information made available to you through the use of A.I. should only act as an indicator before you decide what is the next best action to take as a parent when guiding your child through his or her studies.
A.I. can help you answer the never-ending questions raised by your child
Having all the answers to your child’s questions is nearly impossible. Even if you do have the answers, can you confidently say that you are able to explain your answer in a way your child can understand in his or her own terms?
Rather than fretting over finding the right answers immediately, why not make learning a fun activity that will allow you and your child to bond and learn together? Not having all the answers can even send a valuable message to your child that even as adults, the learning does not stop there and that we too, should continue asking questions to learn.
The next time you child asks you questions such as “Why is the sky blue?,” you can pose that question to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Echo, or any other A.I. to find out more. Not only will you be able to answer your child’s questions quickly, you may even learn a thing or two by delving deeper into these topics!
A.I. can help you entertain your child while you focus on other pressing matters
Like many other parents, you may find yourself getting stressed over not being able to spend quality time with your child while you focus on getting the household chores completed. Instead of getting vexed with such a problem, try using A.I. to get the job done.
Not only are Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Echo able to provide solutions to questions you and your child are curious about, but they can also recite audiobooks and play music for your young one while you are preoccupied with other issues. With the multitude of interesting and child-friendly content available, A.I. is definitely worth a shot.