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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 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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