Letting Your Child Use A Tablet – Is It Healthy?

The Pros and Cons of Letting Your Child Use a Tablet or iPad

It is hard to believe that the iPad and the android tablet were introduced just over five years ago, given that many of us cannot imagine how we ever lived without one. The iPad and the tablet have revolutionized the digital age and allows us to have a constant flow of information and entertainment at our fingertips, and has led to most households owning one or something similar such as a touch tablet, iPhone, or Smartphone. In fact, it is becoming increasingly common to see toddlers as young as age 2 deftly playing a game or watching their favorite show on their parent’s phone or tablet. While handing a toddler a phone or tablet can be an easy way to keep them quiet and occupied, many parents worry that it may be causing more harm than good. Here are some of the pros and cons of letting a child use a tablet.

Pros

Studies, such as the one sponsored by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, suggests that playing educational game apps can improve a child’s vocabulary and math skills. Playing educational apps on a tablet or phone is also a great way to make learning fun for young children and can help get them excited about learning new things. In addition to these educational benefits, learning how to navigate a tablet or Smartphone helps children become technology savvy, which is important in today’s world.

Cons

As with television, a child having too much screen time is a concern with tablets and phones as well. mum career 2Spending hours sitting playing a tablet or phone can promote a sedentary lifestyle that may be carried through to adulthood. Some doctors also worry that too much screen time may have a lasting effect on attention span, concentration, and even appetite control. Too much time on a tablet can also lead to poor posture, neck and lower back pain in children at a very early age.

Exposure to a tablet or Smartphone has its benefits, but as with most things it is best practiced in moderation. Spend some time interacting with your child while she plays games on the tablet and set a daily limit for tablet or phone use. As long as less than 2 hours a day is spent dedicated to screen time and your child’s use is being closely monitored, allowing the use of a tablet should not carry any guilt.

Author: Asian Mums Network blogger

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