ROCKFORD (WIFR) – There are so many great apps designed for toddlers, but there are mixed feelings about whether they could harm development. Some experts say giving your child an iPad or tablet early might not be a bad idea.
Choosing between playing outside or with his iPad is an easy choice for 5-year-ld Fernando Gutierrez who loves to play counting games on his iPad. That’s why his mom Laura limits his screen time to an hour a day.
“I think there’s no such thing as too young for technology. Northwestern University reports 37% of adults use a tablet to entertain their toddler. That’s because more than half of them don’t think it’ll hurt their kid’s development.
Experts say giving a child an iPad at a young age isn’t necessarily a problem, as long as we don’t use them as babysitters.
“We tend to throw people into technology at what age? Suddenly we’re going to throw them in at 10, 12, 15? That leads to a very potentially hazardous situation whereas if they’re learning early, they’re learning the best practices,” said P.J. Way the IT Director at Rockford University.
It’s those practices Laura is trying to teach her son so he remembers there’s a world outside of his iPad screen.
The study also says most parents think video games have a more negative effect on attention spans social and academic skills compared to iPads.