Monday, 23 January 2012

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Is it Okay to Let Your Baby/Toddler Play with the iPad, even with educational applications?



Recently, I saw my 1.5 year old nephew piecing together "jigsaw puzzle" on iPad. He could do the puzzles very well, and he was only 1.5 year old. He was extremely thrilled and he exhibited a great sense of achievement, that he was able to manupulate the "puzzle" with a touch of a button. I was very impressed at his skills at completing all the puzzles by manipulaying his fingers.

Joshua on the other hand, struggled with real puzzles and real wooden blocks, and he sometimes loses interest. Joshua was never so fond of jigsaw puzzles.

It all seemed really beneficial and doubts began to fill me with second thought that perhaps I should also allow Joshua to play with iPad. Still there was a lack of peace inside me, something inside me that felt rather unsettled, that was holding me back. I decided to do more research.

I stumbled upon this article:

In this digital age, is it Okay to Let Your Baby/Toddler Play with the iPad, even with educational applications?

The answer seems to be "No" and I tend to agree with the article. I decided that I will not invest in an iPad for Joshua.

Out of true concern, should I share the article with my sister-in-law? After all, parenting opinions differ, and she may not think so. I think I will just share it in my facebook.

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