The Use of Tablets Among Children

The Use of Tablets Among Children

How the iPad Became a Tool for Learning

I believe that each child is a unique individual. So their learning and coping processes, as well as talents and skills, are all different. And we have applied this perception on Dindin’s use of the tablet.

In our case, we have researched about kids’ exposure to digital and electronic devices, such as the TV and the tablets. Because of our research, we did not start our daughter Dindin on educational videos until she was seven months old. We learned that exposing very young infants to the tube at an early age may increase the risk of autism. And so we avoided that.

We also avoided bringing Dindin outside during mealtimes when the TV is almost always on because based on our readings, we learned that commercials, as compared to children’s videos, have very fast movements for children’s eyes to follow. After all, they have to say a message in just a few seconds so TV commercials are designed to work fast. But a baby’s eyes are not yet so developed and so this early exposure may distort their vision.

Sometimes we use the iPad to distract Dindin and keep her on her seat while we are in restaurants. That would keep her from running around. It is also a useful tool during long trips when the child can easily get bored.

As for the tablet, we delayed the use until she was over 3 years old. For one, we had budget considerations. But even if we had extra money for it, we still would have delayed buying an iPad for Dindin’s educational apps because we thought that it was too early. We would want her to have a well-rounded childhood where she is exposed to physical play, fun time with friends, time for art, and many other things, aside from getting stuck for hours in front of a tablet.

I think Dindin was already 3.5 years old when we bought the iPad and started using it. We had some games, especially Princess dress up and cooking games, but we also had stories, bible stories, and many other educational apps, including medical documentaries from the Harvard School of Medicine. We limit her use of the iPad and we regulate the apps that she would use, such as no more games during bedtime, only a couple of bible stories.

So far, the discipline of regulating her iPad use has worked on her. There are times that she would try to bend them, but we remain firm.

So for us, we believe that everything can be a tool for learning as long as it is used in moderation and with careful parental supervision. Anything and everything will be just as bad and will have adverse effects if not moderated.

Aside from these routines, we try to balance her schedule as much as we can. She has play time outside, intentional playtime with friends and their kids, and playtime with new kids in common play areas (like fun houses in malls). She also has time for art, as we provide her with materials like crayons, pens, pencils, water color and lots of scratch paper so that she can doodle all she want.

All these, I believe, contribute to the total development of our daughter.

5 thoughts on “The Use of Tablets Among Children

  1. pynky

    me too..got the ipad for jam..dyan sya natuto ng basic learning for nursery education..but of ourse,you are right dapat in moderation lng lahat…anythin na sobra is bad, lalo na sa mga mata nila!

  2. Mitchteryosa

    iPad or any similar gadgets are helpful but can also be disturbing if used without discipline.

    In my case, I use it for getting what I want to be done by my kids. They don’t want to eat properly, no one can use the iPad then. It works for me hehe! Better than bribing them with loads of chocolates and dolls. At least iPad is a one time purchase haha!

    Just my thoughts.

    1. Loving Mama Post author

      haha True. Sometimes, we do that, too. If she does not do what we tell her, then we withdraw the iPad privileges. That will also help keep her from getting addicted to it, realizing that she can live without it.

  3. maricris abarabar

    my daughter know how to download games on my tablet. She likes dressing and make up princess, i make sure pag walang pasok lng sya pwed gumamit. I keep on checking mga downloads nya. Big help din this gadget lalo na pg long trip para d sya mainip at mahilo laro laro lng sya..

  4. Nannette Magaway

    agree about what tablet helps our child develop her knowledge..there are games that is educational games to be downloaded.also if we are on long trip she didnt bored the trip because she enjoy what application she play..and also there are music,she wants to listen while on trip hehe.

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