Recently the guilt has been setting in about Hannah's use of the iPad. She picks it up, swipes and types in the passcode with ease. I'm 50% impressed and 50% concerned. Is she TOO familiar with it?
Don't get me wrong, in no way is it used as a stand in babysitter, but she does get to play on it most days. If I'm rushing in the morning, or cooking tea I know I'll get a little time when she will actually sit still.
The majority of games are educational and the other day I watched her trace the numbers 1-10 in a Peppa Pig game. I was amazed! The other thing is, she's doesn't watch TV. She's not interested in it because it's not interactive.
Like most things with children, leaving them alone is part of the problem. I love to play games with Hannah and asking her to explain what's happening.
I read an article in a parenting magazine a while ago by a child development expert who said that iPads are better than TV because of the interactive element. So I decided to dig and here is what I found:
There is some evidence to suggest that children who are given tablets and smart phones have delayed speech development. Educationalists are also reporting that children are lacking basic skills such as building with blocks and holding a pencil but are competent tablet users.
This does scare me a little. I do think that we provide enough stimulation for Hannah. Her speech and fine motor skills are great. However, time flies by and before you know it an hour has passed. For me, I will still let Hannah use the iPad but I think I will start using the egg timer to make sure it is for a limited time only.