I was always under the impression that giving your toddler an iPad was bad. I mean, the internet really has a plethora of articles citing that if you let your under-2-year-old use an iPad, it might interfere with social, language, and cognitive development.
Yup, color me paranoid. I rarely, if ever, let Olive play with our iPad or phone. To be honest, the only time I ever let her near one is when I need to cut her nails – she will only stay still if she has an iPad to explore. At at best, she plays with it for 3 minutes, every two weeks, tops. I was convinced that if I let Olive play with tablets, she would become unruly and withdrawn.
So imagine my surprise when not one, not two, but almost all of my mom friends told me that they regularly let their little ones (all between the ages of 18-24 months) play with toddler apps on the iPad. And what’s more, they are really good at it. I was watching one of the 2 year olds sort shapes, colors, and letters with such ease, that I started to wonder if my keeping Olive away from technology has put her behind her peers instead.
So today, I downloaded a few toddler apps and tried to watch her have a go at it. Uh, she’s terrible at the iPad. You guys, she’s truly awful. She’s not really grasping the concept of “clicking” or “tapping” to select items, the “dragging” aspect of it is hard to explain. After a while, she was getting really pissed off just trying to GET THE DAMN SQUARE BLOCK INTO THE SQUARE HOLE MA MA MA MA MA MA!!!!! Considering how much people advocate to stay away from the iPad, I guess I always assumed that it would be super easy for toddlers to pick up. Because right now, teaching her how to play these toddler apps is proving to be a pain in the ass.
So, I’m torn on the whole technology-for-toddlers thing. I guess everything in moderation, right? I’m hoping that by letting Olive play a little a day, she’ll be able to pick up some skills and not get addicted to it.
What is your take on this subject?
I know, it’s Monday, but you’ll be ok.