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January 2016

IPad Generation

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/12108895/iPad-generation-means-nine-in-10-toddlers-live-couch-potato-lives.html

It’s a concern. Observing behavioural differences of pre schoolers (including my own) when in front of a screen vs when roaming free (indoor as well as out) is scary. Some say that giving kids access to technology is important as their future jobs/lives will rely on the skills to use it. I disagree. Technology changes so rapidly that a 2 year old’s iPad skills will be irrelevant by the time they are ready to face the world alone. We need to promote metacognition, so they can learn how to learn, problem solve and adapt to the ever changing world. Technology has a place in a toddler’s world, but it needs to be monitored, regulated and balanced with a wide range of invitations for other types of play. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts!

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