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Parents: Does Every Kid Have an iPad?

Tablets are taking over society, and kids love them too! Does your child have his/her own iPad?

Having just returned from vacation, I discovered that an airport has more iPads than an Apple store. Even our group of 10 people, we had six iPads and five iPhones. Is this ridiculous? Or is this the norm?

Don’t get me wrong, I recognize that an airport isn’t exactly a scientific study, and that the whole point of is to keep them occupied, content, and NOT SCREAMING. But I think that iPads and tablets are taking over our kids!

As I scanned our flight, nearly every child—and grownup for that matter—had an iPad, Kindle, nook or other tablet device. Times have definitely changed!

My 5-year-old especially took notice. We let him use our iPad, but he has to share and until this week, his access has been very limited. He used to love to play his Nintendo DS, but it seems that phase is over! I didn’t see anyone – except my poor deprived son—playing handheld gaming devices.

So, what’s the deal? Are you buying your kid their own iPad? Do they have unlimited access to it?

Guidelines recommend limiting television and gaming to one to two hours per day. This is next to impossible as it is and made even more difficult if kids have constant access to games? I admit that my kids watch far too much TV, but now adding an iPad into the mix, and I’m afraid they are going to be “mush” brains by the time they are teenagers!

Even my 2-year-old likes to play the iPad. For him, I’ve downloaded some fun games that are both educational and age appropriate—Monkey Math, Curious George, The Lorax—great apps for little ones. But if he finds is sitting on the coffee table, even at age 2, I’ll find him playing Glow Air Hockey, Temple Run or other games which belong to his big brother.

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to some parents about their kids’ usage. Many feel that their kids need to learn the technology, or that it’s just part of life. Kids enjoy playing the devices and seem to have few qualms about letting their kids play unrestricted. Some parents make sure the child is alternating between educational material and fun games. How they do that is beyond me.

I’m all for the technology, and I absolutely love my iPad (that is when my kids let me use it), and there are some great apps out there for children. My 2-year-old loves Disney Cars 2, Bowling, Spin Art and Skee Ball. I also found this site which had a few other recommendations worth trying out. My 5-year-old loves Where’s Perry, Battleship, Angry Birds Space, Uno, Rhythm Racer, and so many more—he couldn’t stop rattling them off when I asked him his favorite.

Certainly we’ve tackled similar parenting topics before about usage, but, what’s your take on this issue Perry Hall? Does your child have his/her own iPad? How much do you monitor what they are doing on it?

As tablets continue to grow in popularity, attentiveness from parents is essential. You need to know what your kids are downloading, what websites they are visiting, and who they are talking to. 

Apparently, I'm losing the battle in this household, as we just purchased another iPad …

So what is your child’s favorite iPad app? Tell us in the comments.

Mike Fisher July 24, 2012 at 05:55 PM
It makes me glad I grew up in the 80's when kids were kids and were allowed to be kids. I'll admit, I became a huge gamer later on, but at nine? I was going camping, going places with my parents, hanging out with my friends, money bars and swing sets, those techy lego kits etc.. the stuff that kids did. Now, it's all so techy. Just boggles my mind how we just let tech run wild in some areas, but violently oppose it in others and as I said, both are equally dangerous IMO in different ways. ...and yes, I post a lot of messages. I have a lot to say, sue me! :p
Stacey Schantz July 24, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I[m looking into this, for now, whenever the kids are on the pad its in Airplane Mode which blocks the internet... I'm finding it tougher and tougher to believe these issues are cropping up with 5 year olds, but it's true and reality that we must face. And most importatnly make the educated informed decision as the responsible adult. Prob is, many parents aren't so responsible.
Mike Fisher July 24, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Oops, not money bars, MONKEY bars. lol Laughed when I read that typo. Kids are kind of being funneled into being adults sooner and thinking like them too. There is something very wrong with this world we live in, but I'm sure it's lining someone's pockets and that's always the case.
Stacey Schantz July 25, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Corey, Laughing out loud... Didn't make it to the fair this year, but this cracked me up.
Other Tim July 25, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Why does an 8 year old need a laptop? And do you really mean he has his own TV? Maybe I'm just missing the sarcasm.
Mike Fisher July 25, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I think we've known that for a long time about cell phones. Spending a lot of time on cell phones exposes your brain to a form of radiation, or microwave type exposure which increases risks of brain cancer and tumors due to the signals from the phones passing through your brain. I would guess the laptop use would be from heat being applied to the testicles and when the temperature in this area is higher than normal for extended periods of time, it actually damages their function and can cause them to produce less sperm or lower sperm counts. I have not heard anything about hand held gaming devices doing this though since you, well, hold them in your hands. They don't rest on your lap. Of course, it's been awhile since I researched this particular topic, so maybe that has changed, but both increased temperatures in the testicle region over long periods of time and cell phones have long been known to cause damage to both areas.
Mike Fisher July 25, 2012 at 05:18 PM
By the way, Emily, I think a good topic to start on here is one about people's opinions and a debate about water fluoridation considering Maryland is the most fluoridated state in the country as far as I know. Evidence mounts as to the dangers of this toxic poison being put into our water. Personally, I think this is a good topic to start on here. Just a suggestion. :)
John Doe July 25, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Mike - there are studies that have been done linking cell phones in your front pocket and its effect on the X chromosome. You are right about the laptop. Many people don't know about the damaging effects of phones/laptops on their reproductive system - you are in the know column.
Computer Techy July 26, 2012 at 05:38 PM
The fluoride in the water, a huge problem! In fact it is actually over 300 cancer causing toxins intentionally put in our water. It is toxic waste the we actually pay to have companies dump in our water and we drink it. They would otherwise have to pay to dump it. What a racket! Can we stop this insanity?
Mike Fisher July 26, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I have requested to Emily to be allowed to write an article about it. This is another passionate topic of mine that I have plenty of scientific evidence to back it up with. I haven't received a reply yet, but I just wrote her today and once yesterday. I *really* want to do it, I'll do it for free, I want to give this freelancing thing a try. I've always been told I have great writing skills when I am passionate about something. I want to do this article so bad and I hope Emily and the Patch will give me a chance to try. I don't want money, just an opportunity. Fluoride is toxic waste from the production of aluminum, heavy metals, phosphate fertilizers and there is TONS of scientific evidence not only showing serious health risks when consumed systemically, but that it has no effect on tooth decay and actually CAUSES tooth damage especially in children. We are being overdosed on this toxic poison and more awareness needs to be raised. This is the first and only time in history where an entire population was medicated through the water and not only that, fluoride isn't even approved by the FDA! I don't trust the FDA anyway, but many still do (for some reason). This is something that needs to be brought into the light, stop water fluoridation and stop forcing us to consume it, bathe in it, cook with it and generally have it forced on us. This is a topic that needs to be discussed and I would love to be the one to do the article. I hope I am allowed to do it.
Tim July 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Mike: Absolutely nothing is stopping you from doing this on your own and posting it here. I've considered blogging in the past, but really can't decide on a single topic to stick with.
Mike Fisher July 26, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Ohh really? I thought only writers hired by the patch could do it. Perhaps I just don't know how to? Would you be kind enough to help me out? What do I do? Just start a blog on here? Is that what this is that I'm posting on now, a blog? LOL I've never been a blogger or into it, but maybe I should be.
Mike Fisher July 26, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Oh, I see. Do I just click where it says "Announce something to everyone" and do it that way?
Tim July 26, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I believe so. Just write it up in a text file first, then copy/paste it over. You know, in case you do it wrong the first time and lose the text.
Mike Fisher July 26, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Nevermind, I found it, wrote it, and submitted it. It's pending approval. Awesome, I hope it goes through and opens people's eyes. Sorry for derailing the thread a bit. My apologies.
Princess Cupcake July 26, 2012 at 08:51 PM
There are plenty of interactive, fun, and educational games for kids out there, but what about all the games that aren't? It's much harder to get a kid to play "Super Math Challenge" than "Ultimate Soccer Tournament 2" (I just made those up but you get the point). Anyway, I do think that kids should be in the know about technology. If not, then they could be behind their peers. In this technological world, everything is becoming more advanced by the day, and it affects school, and the work world, as well. I think that kids should have the access to iPads, iPods, computers, and such. Of course, time on them should be limited, but it should be fun to learn about technology. And most kids these days will use them gladly. I know my Android tablet has a couple of educational apps for myself. It's some of those Brain Training apps, and I find them very fun. But a very important point is that it can't get out of hand. As in never stepping foot outside, never touching those Legos and Barbies that were so interesting before we got the iPad, or just being glued to the screens all the time. If you do get an app for your kids, look for educational apps, and don't they also have some that give instructions for kid friendly arts and crafts and such? Great family time is in little craft or small cooking projects. Also encourage the use of REAL books, but do download a couple of favorites for travel, car, etc. And then maybe let them pick a few child friendly games. :)
Princess Cupcake July 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
And as for the Nintendo DS and other such devices, shouldn't kids also have limited amounts of time on these? They are video games after all. But some of them, like apps, are educational AND fun. There are some like the brain training games with sudoku and memory puzzles and like four save slots so you can compete with family and friends. Then there are the racecar games. Nothing too educational but still a lot of fun for long car trips and such. The pet games seem to be a real crowd pleaser. I'd know: I play them a lot! :D And there is the benefit of teaching kids the responsibilities of pet care. You've got Petz, Dogz, Catz, Sims Pets, those sort of games. The arcade style games like Super Mario are again just fun. Then you've got a million other kind of games that may or may not have some sort of educational value to them. Games like Cooking Mama can help teach kids to follow instructions. Remember to always check the rating on a game before buying it. :D
Other Tim July 26, 2012 at 11:56 PM
"...actually over 300 cancer causing toxins intentionally put in our water." Do you actually believe that? Intentionally? 300? Really?
Mike Fisher July 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,336286,00.html (Prescription drugs found in water supply in 24 major US regions, certainly could be deadly even in small amounts considering how many are being combined considering these are drugs like mood stabilizers, anti convulsants, antibiotics, sex hormones). Boy, we sure do know how to filter water and how to poison it in this country, don't we? http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/100038.php (study where it specifically says scientists are "alarmed at the effect of the drinking water contaminants on human cells and wildlife") Geez, Other Tim. You live under a rock or something? We've known this stuff for years, well, the ones paying attention anyway. We've done nothing to improve filtering of these things and we dump toxic waste into the water supply, so yeah, I'd say that's a dangerous situation and why wouldn't it lead to cancer in some people? You're exposing EVERYONE to prescription medications like the ones being found. Sure, they are intentionally being put in or left in our water supply. The effect they have on people varies, I'm sure, but to say there's no effect is to defy logic and even science. Computer Techy isn't far from the truth.
Other Tim July 27, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Sorry, Mike, but you have to do better than one study from over 4 years ago. Life expectancy in the US today is almost 80 years.
Mike Fisher July 27, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Fracking is another concern because it gets heavy metals into the water supply, which ARE cancerous. Things like methanol (used in antifreeze, paint solvent, vehicle fluid..), benzene (found in gasoline and has been found that it poses a LIFETIME cancer risk if in the water supply, which it is), Crystalline silica (known carcinogen and known to lead to silicosis or cancer, is found in concrete, brick mortar and construction sand), Naphthalene (found in moth balls and causes lots of things including death and is cancer causing), Diesel (known to cause cancer among other things), Formaldehyde (only one ounce causes death, long term exposure leads to serious side effects especially for women), Lead (nothing needs to be said about Lead), and Sulfuric Acid (found in lead-acid batteries for cars, this chemical is corrosive to all body tissues.. lethal dose of 1-1.5 teaspoons. Shall I find anything else? http://naturalsociety.com/carcinogenic-chemicals-contaminating-water-supply-through-fracking/
Mike Fisher July 27, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Life expectancy in US dropping. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/228612.php http://www.good.is/post/obesity-in-the-u-s-american-life-expectancy-falling-dramatically/ ..and what about the quality of life for people in their later years? The situation of drugs in the drinking water hasn't changed any more than the toxic waste being dumped into it has. Geez, seriously, did you time travel from the past or something?
Other Tim July 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Why is it that when you disagree with someone, you feel the need to call names and throw insults? I think it is because you are not sure of which you speak. You can find all the outdated, obscure articles you want. I believe the water today is cleaner than it has ever been. You can ride along the Susquehanna River today and see where the outhouses used to drop straight in to the water. How clean was the water then? You believe what you wish, and I will believe what I wish. I will do it wihout resorting to name calling.
Other Tim July 27, 2012 at 12:50 AM
By the way, this article is about kids and iPads. Hope you get your blog, and stay on target with other peoples.
Mike Fisher July 27, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Without name calling? Now that's hilarious considering how many times you called me stupid or a moron etc. in other threads. Hypocritical much? Besides, I didn't call you a name, I'm just saying you're naive and ignore scientific information because it threatens the delusional world you live in. You want to live in fantasy and ignore science, go right ahead. That's just how you are. You believe whatever you want in the face of scientific refuting and call it "outdated" and "obscure" which makes it even funnier that you insulted me in other threads, and now you are critiquing me even though I never called you a name? Hilarious. Simply, truly hilarious.
Mike Fisher July 27, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Ok, so do you have anything to say about those things? I'm sure I've contributed more to that topic than you have. Matter of fact, you've posted more off topic than on topic in this thread. So you worry about your posts and I'll worry about mine, thanks for your concern though.
Other Tim July 27, 2012 at 01:11 AM
"did you time travel from the past or something" "You live under a rock or something" Sorry, pal. That's name calling. Still not reading what you write. In reference to your post that life expectancy in the US is dropping, I suggest you read the articles you mentioned. They do not say life expectancy in the US is dropping, and in fact they are not, according to the US Census. What the articles say is that the US is dropping behind other countries in life expectancy. Still twisting facts, too.
Mike Fisher July 27, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Dropping behind other countries in life expectancy means we are dying sooner than other countries which means they are better at keeping people alive than us. They are advancing, we are not, therefore by default, our life expectancy from the perspective of the rest of the world and their numbers. Asking if you time traveled from the past is not calling you a name. Asking if you live under a rock is not calling you a name. Seriously, are you.. on something? That's not name calling either, btw. Moron, stupid, idiot, maniac.. THOSE are name calling, all of which you called me several times in other threads. Geez, you don't even know what "name calling" is? Are you SERIOUS?
Other Tim July 27, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Saying things, then forgetting or denying you said them. Twisting things so you think they mean what you say. Rambling off subject. Have you been tested for ADHD OCD?
Mike Fisher July 27, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Dude, you have serious problems and it's obvious just from trying to have a conversation with you. You imagine things I never said, then accuse me of saying them. You are incapable of rational thought or even common sense. Impossible, you are. It's silly to even try to talk to you, about anything, so I will just end this whole silly conversation right now.

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