My daughter has the option of both, but I get looked at funny every time we are at an appointment or something and I hand her my phone. She has several apps on my phone. "Kid Mode" has several options. she can open up an art tab, watch educational videos and play educational games, plus there is a section that app for her to click on stories that I recorded myself reading to her. She also has counting & alphabet apps.
My daughter is 3 and a half, she can spell a few small words, say the alphabet, tell me each letter sound, can count to 13 without help & 20 with a little help. She knows most common animals and their sounds. She says "please," "thank you," "your welcome," "yes ma'am" to everyone. She knows basic shapes and colors. She speaks in full sentences.
Technology is here and it's here to stay. I wouldn't feel bad if I were you. If she is using educational apps and playing games that help her learn, I see nothing wrong with that. Even if you let her watch a video to keep her occupied, in my opinion, it's better than having her have a major meltdown in public where people will then get annoyed and complain. My husband and I do the same thing with our son if he starts getting bored somewhere. It keeps them occupied and learning. Our children need to learn how to use a computer and all of the other technology out there, it's everywhere and part of your every day life. I think it's best that they learn early since they are little sponges soaking up all of that information. Just my opinion.
thank you! I'm so glad to hear I'm not alone! :D
I love technology. I'd rather my kids spend their screen time interacting and learning than just watching. I try to limit it, but there are times when I hand off my iPhone to calm one of them down. Some times it's the only way I can get things done. I feel better knowing that my daughter is learning to match shapes and colors instead of watching Tom & Jerry or something.
Most of my friends and I allow our kids to play with our smart phones..iPads, etc. I don't think you should worry about letting her play with your phone, as long as they are kid friendly apps or educational apps. LIke newbiemom2010 says..technology is here to stay..and it's getting more and more advance.
thanks for your responses, you make me feel less awkward about the situation! :D
My son who is 19 months old uses my iPhone and iPad all the time. He knows how to navigate to the games, which are all educational. This past week he was able to count to 20 and when I show him the numbers randomly he knows how to read them. He also just started to spell a few words and knows most of the alphabet. I can say that yes, I do practice with him, but there are also a lot of educational apps that he plays with that have repetition that help him with learning. I know his doctor wants him to watch TV and/or play with these devices for 30 minutes tops, but he does play closer to an hour or so a day. We do a range of activities and I think he is doing fine. As long as you are not just leaving her to do her own thing but supervising her and helping her learn.
"Smart Toddler School Pro++" apple app– This fast-paced program works on many levels and will be enjoyed by younger children. Its structure is good, starting out with the basics (such as counting to five, or presenting the concept of a circle) and then moving to more advanced territory (counting to 10, and examining pentagons). The best segments deal with counting and shapes. The sound is clear throughout, and the lyrics are fun and informative."