The sheer numbers of toddlers using iPads and other tablets are enough to give any parent pause: Should my child be using these? Will he be left behind if he doesn’t?
Keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against any screen time for children under age 2 and limited time after that (preferring that children learn through direct interaction with the people they love most).
Other child development experts prize face-to-face play, conversation and physical activity as cornerstones of early learning for children.
The jury is still out on whether some of the more interactive tablet Apps for toddlers and preschoolers are as good or better than imaginative play, reading books and exploring the world with their caregivers.
But one thing is certain: Given the fact that past generations learned effectively without these devices, your toddler isn’t going to suffer if you don’t provide him with access to one.
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