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“Smart” Toys May Not be the Smartest Choice for Kids

Internet-enabled, or “smart,” toys are at the top of most kids’ holiday lists this year, and it’s no wonder why they’re so popular. Kids can play and connect with smart toys in unique and interactive ways. Some are connected to websites and apps, and can range from simple drawing tools and stories, to more in-depth “grown-up” play like taking care of a virtual animal or learning to write code.

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The Internet of Things

It seems every device or home technology is now “smart.” They’re popping up everywhere—in the billions. Although it has been with us in some form and under different names for many years, the Internet of Things (IoT) is pervasive.

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