The One Mistake You're Making When Allowing Your Toddler To Play With An iPad

November 14, 2016 by Jeanine Edwards
shefinds | Kids

I’ll be the first to admit it: I’ve handed my child my iPhone so that I could finish dinner or send off one last email. We’re busy and without full time help, sometimes a tablet or smartphone is the only way to actually get something done.

But here’s the hard truth about toddlers and technology, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

“The chief factor that facilitates toddlers’ learning from commercial media (starting around 15 months of age) is parents watching with them and reteaching the content.”

That means if you’re letting your toddler play with an iPad completely unattended, you’re making a mistake. Children at this young age primarily learn from “hands-on exploration and social interaction” with the adults in their life. That doesn’t mean your little one can’t play with educational games and apps on a tablet, but he/she shouldn’t be playing them alone. You should be sitting right there reinforcing what’s happening and being taught on the game.

Click here to read the AAP’s full statement on media and young minds.

Be sure to check out the best holiday gifts for kids and the one thing you should do when you take your child to a restaurant.


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Jeanine Edwards is a writer and editor covering fashion, beauty and shopping. She never misses a sale and is committed to good skincare. Prior to joining the SheFinds team, Jeanine worked at XO Group and InStyle. You can reach Jeanine at [email protected]

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