Toddlers And Tablets — Helpful or Detrimental?

Toddlers And Tablets --- Helpful or DetrimentalNowadays, toddlers with the latest game consoles or tablet computers are already a common sighting. It is amazing to note that these little kids somehow know how to figure out the controls of these complicated gadgets. But is letting your child play with electronic gadgets be beneficial to learning or detrimental?

‘Flip side’

According to a research from the University of Wisconsin, kids from 2 to 3 years old were more responsive to video screens that prompted them to touch them compared to an ordinary video screen. This could mean that touch screens can help build the educational potential of toddlers.

However, there is a flip side to this. According to psychologist Dr. Aric Sigman, children should be steered away from too much exposure to the screen media because this can lead to addiction or depression. Each child born today will have spent one whole year infront of these screens by the time they are 7 years of age. That thought is admittedly quite staggering.


‘Ample balance’

It all comes down to wise usage, good parenting, and discipline. Since it would seem that tablets, iGadgets, and game consoles are here to stay, parents should make sure that they only download apps and software that can contribute to their child’s educational learning. Toddlers should be provided an ample balance of indoor and outdoor interactive play time. And computer exposure should be limited to up to two hours daily.

Like any tool, computers and tablets can help children develop confidence and skills, if used properly. So, use it properly.

Do you allow your kids to use electronic gadgets freely? Do you believe it is detrimental to their educational development?

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Canadian Stores Scammed Into Selling Fake Clay iPad 2s

As many as 10 fake iPad 2s, all made of slabs of cheap modeling clay, were recently sold at electronic stores in Vancouver, British Columbia. Best Buy and Future Shop have launched investigations into how the scam was pulled off.

The tablet computers, like most Apple products, are known for their sleek and simple designs. But there’s no mistaking the iPad for one of the world’s oldest “tablet devices.” Still, most electronic products cannot be returned to stores in Canada. For the the stores and customers to be fooled by the clay replacements, the thieves must have successfully weighed out the clay portions and resealed the original Apple packaging.

Future Shop spokesman Elliott Chun told CTV that individuals bought the iPads with cash, replaced them with the model clay, then returned the packages to the stores, and took flight. The returned fakes were restocked on the shelve and sold to new, unwitting customers.

The scam was first brought to CTV’s attention by a victim of the crime, Mark Sandhu. Sandhu says after purchasing what he thought was an iPad 2 for his wife for Christmas, he tried to return the clay, only to be rebuffed. “Maybe the way I was dressed, I don’t know,” he said. “She made me feel like I’m trying to scam them out of $700. I was the one getting scammed.”

Sandhu contacted Future Shop’s head office, Apple and local police, but no one believed his story. Future Shop has since apologized and given Sandhu a full refund along with a free tablet–a real one.

 

Source: Yahoo! News

Image: CTV News

 

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