Do toddlers really need computers to learn? – USATODAY.com
Time was when all kids wanted for Christmas was to sit on Santa’s lap. Now, they may get a laptop.
iPad-like options for kids include LeapFrog‘s $99 LeapPad Explorer Tablet, VTech‘s $80 InnoTab Learning App Tablet and the $389 Vinci Touchscreen Mobile Learning Tablet. Vinci’s ads feature a cherub-cheeked baby — who looks only about 8 months old — mouthing the product’s rubbery handle.
That has earned the Vinci the honor of “worst toy of the year” at the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time — TV, computers or cellphones — for children under 2, and no more than two hours a day after that.
“Parents are getting really ripped off,” says the campaign’s Susan Linn, who notes that babies learn more from cuddling with parents than from computers. “Children’s leisure time is really dominated by screens.”
About 38% of kids ages 8 and younger have used a mobile device, such as a smartphone, video iPod or tablet, according to a survey by Common Sense Media. Breakdown by age: 10% of babies under 1, 39% ages 2 to 4 and 52% of kids ages 5 to 8.
Strange Random Toddler Quote:
“It was unbelievable seeing me as an action figure! In a few months, toddlers all around the country will be biting my head off!” – Emma Watson (English Actress. Most famous for playing Hermione Granger in Harry Potter movies. b.1990)
- VINCI Tab: Soft-sided Android-based tablet for toddlers (gizmag.com)
- Tablets made just for children put to the test (abclocal.go.com)
- Sign of the Times? A Tablet PC Wins TOADY Award for Worst Toy of 2011 (wired.com)
- Motherlode Blog: Is a Tablet Computer for Babies the Worst Toy of 2011? (parenting.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Made for toddlers, the VINCI tablet keeps your kids’ hands off your iPad (zdnet.com)
- A promising tablet for toddlers (boston.com)
- Consumer Reports Puts Toy Tablets To The Test (prnewswire.com)