Tuesday, June 18, 2013
"CHICKS HAVE HENS AND TODDLERS HAVE IPADS"
A couple of weeks ago a clip was shown during our television news - you could call it an 'experiment'. It obviously alarmed the news presenter. It reminded me of a Youtube link I had seen a year ago which had deeply worried me at that time.
Here is the link ~
News video shown on ONENEWS New Zealand June 6
It is normal today for mums to search for answers to their questions online, and there, as the presenter said, they find endless enthusiastic parents posting their babies playing with an iPad.
With persuasive advertising, technology savvy adults and parents like all parent through history - keen "to do the best for their children", iPads rapidly are becoming the standard 'toy/educational device' for toddlers.
I wanted to write about this growing, worrying phenomena and checked back to a post I wrote two years ago on school-aged technology.
The outcomes of regular technology use as described in this post, still stand. What has changed in the two years is the age that these dangers now kick-in.
My old post ~
"SHOULD THE SCREEN BE MY CHILD'S PLAY PAL?"
Have a look at these links if you are interested to read more ~
BBC NEWS - "LIMIT CHILDREN'S SCREEN TIME, EXPERT URGES"
THE TELEGRAPH - "TODDLERS BECOMING SO ADDICTED TO IPADS THEY REQUIRE THERAPY"
THISWEEKWITHTHEKIDS ~I don't want to be labelled the ANTI-TECHNOLOGY DRAMA QUEEN but the serious outcomes of allowing little children, toddlers, even babies, to have regular technology access, surely should drive us as parents to change our home and family habits in this area. Otherwise could it not be said that we are guilty of gross neglect in the care of these young children?
People parents can learn from bird parents, by upping our parent - child direct contact time, and putting away the iPad.