What Effect is iPad Use Having on Child Development?
ABC News has today published an investigation into the way in which more and more toddlers are using iPads, and asks whether or not this might in some way harm a child’s development. The article focuses on a two-month-old called Liana (among other children), who is already adept at using her father’s iPad. Apparently, it is also now quite common for parents of very young children to post videos on YouTube showing their children playing with different apps on their iPads, and also having tantrums when their iPad is taken away from them. ABC News decided to investigate the issue even further by studying one family in particular, the Klaus family, from Whitehouse Station, N.J., where the three children are all keen iPad and iPhone users. The Klaus’ all agreed to go without their digital devices for one month, with ABC News reporting on the results. The programme makers also visited Barnard College’s Center for Toddler Development, where they got to view children’s reactions to playing with traditional toys and iPads, and specifically, how they reacted when their iPad was taken away from them. The conclusion seems to be that the children were more “verbal, more social and more creative” when the iPads were removed. However, another research project is also cited in the article, which seems to say that interactive media helps toddlers to learn better. All in all, it’s a very complex issue, but the article makes very interesting reading.
Source: Toddlers Obsessed with iPads: Could It Hurt Their Development? - ABC News