Wordless Wednesday – Is this good for babies?

October 19, 2011 · 5 comments

in Daily Life, Development, Toddlers, Wordless Wednesday

 

 

For your consideration and discussion:

 


“We are conducting the world’s greatest experiment in real time on our children,’’ said Liz Perle, editor in chief at Common Sense Media, a San Francisco nonprofit group that helps parents manage media and technology.

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Mother of Style October 19, 2011

That is super cute! Smart girl. My husband and I have had several conversations about how different it is for our kids growing up than for us. Didn’t we all used to think that things were so different than our parents? It was, but nothing compared to how different it is for our children.

Gina @TheTwinCoach October 19, 2011

Oh, that depresses me. Not that I love magazines so much, but when I think about how a child could lose interest in real books simply because they don’t blink and flash and make sounds, it makes me want to cry. I am so glad we never let our children near any type of media until well after age 3. They do use my iPad now & then now, but they seem to really understand & appreciate the difference between being entertained by screen time and entertaining themselves.

janetlansbury October 20, 2011

*Sigh* When she pointed to the big letter O on the page of the magazine, my first thought was… Now there’s something she actually *might* begin to understand. People don’t realize that when babies can’t understand things in their world, they stop trying so hard to figure things out…and eventually stop trying at all. Hate to say it (and would never say this on my own site) but this is why my kids are gliding through school while others are struggling. We’ve got to encourage active learning, not offer babies buttons to push that make no sense to them.

Thanks for sharing this, Lisa.

Aunt Annie's Childcare October 20, 2011

My blood ran cold too. Giving a baby or small child an iPad, to me, is like expecting a 6-year-old child to play music by Brahms. They might be smart and talented enough to hit the right keys, but they have no understanding of what they’re doing or why, because they haven’t got the real-world background that gives it meaning. And in the meantime, while they’re learning to hit the right keys, they’re missing important parts of their play and relationship time in the real world which will make giving the experience of Brahms (or the iPad) ultimately meaningful. A no-win situation.

Elizabeth October 22, 2011

This made me so sad. 🙁

I am encouraged because I know that it’s my choice as a parent in the early years to direct my child’s curiosity towards “real” things rather than electronic imitations.

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