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A dad blog by a geek dad with two geeky kids.
My friends often ask me for parenting advice, and with the level of technology we have these days, some of their questions are technology-related. And in one particular occasion, a friend of mine asked for my views regarding the rampant use of tablets by many children.
Practically every tech-savvy individual nowadays has an iPad, a different branded tablet, or a smartphone. That person could very possibly be a parent, and some of these parents might have considered purchasing such gadgets so their kids could play with them.
Every tech-savvy parent wants his children to be as technologically advanced, if not more so. Everyone must ride the wave of the future, so to speak, and the future involves the most sophisticated, cutting-edge gadgets. And we want our families to ride that wave.
But doesn’t having a techie family get in the way of responsible parenting? Doesn’t having technologically engrossed family members get it the way of forming interpersonal human relationships?
Because of the simplicity of its intuitive touch mechanism, an iPad can be easily manipulated by a small child, or even a toddler. Even if a child hasn’t fully developed his communication skills, he most likely will have the instinctive abilities required to operate such a device. And once he grasps the concept of a game or app, he’ll be able to use it repeatedly. Bu is this right? Should we allow such young minds to immerse in tablet apps and games?
One piece of parenting advice: Moderation is key. There is nothing wrong with a child who excels in playing a certain game. Video games actually enhance a person’s mind to hand coordination. But when the child plays games on an iPad practically 24/7, then you know that something must be done.