Sharing - Give Children iPads From Birth

~ Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM ~

I came across this article which I must definitely share with you guys as I'm very interested to know your thoughts on this.

For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here:

Give Children iPads From Birth

"Parents should give their children iPads almost as soon as they are born, according to scientists. New research by the University of London says iPads provided more sensory stimulation for babies than books do.

Annette Karmiloff-Smith, who is leading the research, says tablets should be part of a baby’s world from birth, adding: “They learn so fast on tablets. It is shocking how fast they learn – even faster than adults – to do things like scroll up and down text.

“Books are static. When you observe babies with books, all they are interested in is the sound of the pages turning. Their visual system at that age is attracted by movement.

“That is why tablets, which have moving pictures and sound, are very good.”

Professor Karmiloff-Smith believes children who are given the computers will show better signs of development, even if it not in a ‘conventional sense’. She said: “They might put a corner in their mouth. They will then explore it physically, but then they will use it to do things.

“Everything we know about child development tells us that tablet computers should not be banned for babies and toddlers.”

Neurologist Baroness Susan Greenfield, however, has previously warned that children’s exposure to computer screens and games could ‘damage the brain’, causing a form of ‘temporary dementia’. She explained how connections in the brain can be ‘temporarily disabled’ by activities with a strong sensory content – literally ‘blowing the mind’."

I am fine with using iPad as an educational tool to teach children provided it is age appropriate, supervised and used with moderation, but to let children use iPads from birth? Whoa... I personally think that is a bit extreme. I have reviewed tons of iPad apps for years now and most of the time, I only accept apps which are educational and that I find useful to our family and/or children.

Now why I think giving children iPads from birth is a bit extreme? Well, I personally know of people who shared stories of their friend's kiddo being exposed to iPad at a very young age and too much exposure, so much so that the child does not know what to do when being given a physical copy of a book. The book lays in front of them and the child just stare at it, trying to swipe the surface, expecting something to animate out of the book's surface (like how an iPad app should behave when you swiped on the screen) Sad right?

So for this article, I really disagree with what the scientists said this time. Not from birth definitely!

Do share your thoughts on this!

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