Baby Pancakes loves to learn. He loves to read. He loves music. He loves to dance (he has this killer one hand move). He loves technology including TV, iPhone, iPad, computer…name it, he is all over it. Which brings me to whether technology should be a Yah or Nay for young children?
We have several apps on the iPad for Baby Pancakes. Ok, ok we have more than several apps on there from PBS to Fisher Price apps to ABCMouse and so on and so forth. We also have a few on my iPhone. And he loves playing with them. He knows where his apps are and is able to navigate the apps, find what he wants, start and end and go to a different one. I mean for a thirteen month old…it’s actually quite scary how deft he is at navigating the apps.
Although it’s exciting to know that Baby Pancakes is learning so many things from the apps (alphabets, colors, body parts, shapes, stories and songs), i am beginning to believe my baby might be a wee bit addicted to all the technology. He will actually reach and whine for the iPhone and iPad when he sees it. And as soon as he gets his hands on it, he is searching for his apps. It’s cute but also concerning at the same time.
Cute, because it’s fascinating for him to learn where his eyes, nose, ears and mouth (yes we are learning Heads and Shoulders) and everything in between but not so cute because it may be too much stimulation. Addictive. Additionally, he may be straining his little eyes, neck because he is always looking down and fingers because he is always swiping and pointing.
I don’t want my baby to be obsessed with electronics but i also don’t want to deny him something that he is going to use later on. Everything in moderation of course!!
Question of the Day: Thoughts on toddlers and children using electronics?