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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    Having been considering getting our little one an iPad there views in this thread have been an interesting read.

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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    I saw the other day that fisher price make an ipad case. To make it as toddler proof as possible.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fisher-Price...rice+ipad+case

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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    Why lump toddlers, pros and cons together when talking about iPads? They are 3 distict demographs
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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    Hello everyone

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    I think that this stuff shouldn´t be kept from our children. It´s OK to let them handle iPads, smartphones etc but I also think that it should be restricted to a amount of time and also with parent supervision. We allow our 4 year old daughter to play on the iPad, she has a lot of games installed that are both entertaining and educative but if for some reason she plays more I can already see that it affects her mood, she gets grumpy and irritated.

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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    Pro: it can be educative if used correctly and with parent guidance
    Con: can do more damage than good if children are left to play all day long with it....

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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    con. Toddler+ipad+jam
    pro... None. How about reading with them from these things called books. For the price of an ipad you could buy them a library and still have change.

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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    We're facing this question right now. Phones/Tablets are an obvious draw for just about everyone let alone toddlers. My two kids (Boy, 3, and Girl, almost 2) love to play with any phone or tablet they can get hold of. I've got mixed feelings about it. Their tendency seemed to be to be a little too engaged with those devices, so I started to limit their time/access. It was a bit of a fight at first and one which seemed disproportionate compared to anything else - we could cut back on snacks, toys or whatever else and not see the reaction that happens with the tech. It did feel like a bit of a battle and sort of arbitrary in terms of deciding how much exposure to give etc. Same with the TV.

    Then I dropped my phone and cracked the glass. That was that. My phone was now not available. I had two days of requests for my phone but there was no option of it and after that no requests.

    I think for me, whilst the tech exposure is nice I see more potential developmental hindrance in too much tech than too little. I'd rather my kids grew up engaging with books, being able to entertain themselves, playing with physical toys etc. and developing all those skills rather than the made-for-ease apps. I have to admit I've not read any studies on the subject, but it seems to me that challenges are good for growth and development and although some digital puzzles/games might aid mental development, there is very little manual/spacial learning going on which you get from physical toys and puzzles.

    I might just be paranoid but at these earliest stages I'd rather expose/over-expose my kids to the 'real world' (tactile world), and encourage their imagination and ability to over come boredom, than expose/over-expose them to information overload and virtual stimuli.

    I've not decided exactly where the limit should be yet, but this is basically where I am in all this.
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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    The fact that I am allowing the child to play with an iPad does not mean that we don't read anymore, play or draw, make other fun activities ik9000. Every day we read together from books, play outside and do fun stuff...
    However, you can not deny that we live in an era where this technology is present in our every day life and our children will use it. Why not learn that it can be used to their advantage when done the right way?

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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    I don't mind toddlers learn how to use tablets, but one should moderate on how much time they let them use it

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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    I remember at school we were taught never give children tablets, and definitely don't take them from strangers. They said parents should keep tablets in a locked cupboard out of reach. Same goes for bleach and other household cleaners. Besides children much prefer calpol from the medicine spoon to tablets... As for ipads, the only eye pad children should know about is Pudsey's thanks to school non-uniform days.

    just kidding...

    Seriously though if you do relent and buy him one please please buy the headphones to go with it. I have sat on too many miserable train journeys hearing the incessant repetitive "bring bling beep" of the ipad courtesy of parents trying to entertain children with an ipad. Either turn the volume off or buy headphones. I imagine it might also help preserve your sanity too! If you're worried about volume their are volume limiter jack plugs you can buy that prevent it from going too loud irrespective of how loud the device itself is turned up.

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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    I'm still torn as to weather the kids should have tablets at age 2 or not.

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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    I have an iPad2 attached the the headrest in front of my sons car seat, I take my Granda out for a long drive every Saturday morning so the iPad keeps Robbie amused

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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    Pros: It distracts them endlessly.

    Cons: iPad neck. It's a highly anti-social, isolating activity. Can't play with friends/siblings, etc.

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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    As much as possible I don't want my little one to get exposed in iPhone and iPad. Not only they get exposed to youtube and some apps games they also lose interest in some important things that they should enjoy. I also noticed that when a kid is exposed to gadget they are hard headed and do not pay attention to what you are trying to say to them. It's no good and there are times they are a super hyper when playing to other kids.

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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    Disagree completely, my three are all being very "interactive" at the moment with the one Hudl...

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    Re: iPad for toddlers Pros and Cons

    Some of the stuff that kids can and do easily stumble upon is disturbing even for adults. Although at this point it seems cruel and backwards, I do think until better parental controls arrive (if ever) kids should be kept away from it as much as possible. Social media and youtube is greatly responsible for some of the idiocies we have in the world currently unfortunately.

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