Kids gravitate towards electronic devices. It seems almost from the time they can grasp an object, they’re reaching for TV remotes, cellphones and computer keyboards. It only makes sense they’d want to “grab” an iPad, too.
That begs the question, “Is it okay to let my child use an iPad?” The answer is a resounding yes, and in this article, we’re going to talk about five reasons why it’s okay for the kids to have an iPad.
#1: iPads are Safer than Television
TV these days is mind-numbing and full of advertising that is often inappropriate for young children. Managing what kids watch on television is really difficult. An interesting study on TV usage found the following to be true. An average child:
Why are we telling you this? Because the iPad is so much better for your child.
The iPad can be commercial-free. Children can watch shows or movies without being bombarded with advertising. You can control the apps and shows watched.
It’s interactive – kids can build skills by playing educational games and games for fun. It can be taken anywhere, and parents can make the iPad age-appropriate through its Settings.
#2: iPads are Great Learning Devices
We like the iPad as a tool for school age and older children. They can use it for school research or to download apps like a dictionary or thesaurus. Students can engage with curriculum beyond the school setting, and they can visit with online experts.
Take Khan Academy for instance. It’s a great tool to help children and teens with their math skills.
#3: iPads are Portable
Taking an iPad with you on long car trips or airplane rides is one of our favorite iPad uses. Watching a movie or playing a game on the iPad makes long trips seem infinitely shorter.
You’ll say goodbye to the days of fussy car rides when you hand over the iPad to your children. Plus, when used with headphones, each child can listen to their own movie in peace.
#4: iPads are Therapeutic
Children with disabilities benefit from iPad usage. For children who lack motor skills, the iPad is a helpful tool. Computers are usually hard to use because children have to shift their eyes between mouse, keyboard and screen.
With the iPad, kids can watch as their finger takes an action, thus improving fine motor skills.
#5: iPads Encourage Creativity
The iPad is full of creative potential for kids. With the iPad and a few great apps, kids can take and edit photos. They can create interesting, fun videos full of great memories by using the iPad for digital storytelling. This also helps kids make a plan, create a story and follow through.
Kids can explore drawing using just their finger or a stylus with the iPad. For example, kids love cartoons. Download an app and set them loose. You’ll find a large number of creative apps for download in the app store.
The Take Away
If you’ve decided to let your child use an iPad, we have a few suggestions to make sure you’re keeping your child and the tablet safe.
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