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Tablets a hit with kids, but experts worry
AP ^ | Dec 24, 2013 | BREE FOWLER

Posted on 12/28/2013 10:45:05 AM PST by upchuck

Edited on 12/28/2013 11:48:05 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them.

And that has some pediatricians and other health experts worried.

Since navigating a tablet generally doesn't require the ability to type or read, children as young as toddlers can quickly learn how to stream movies, scroll through family photos, etc.


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Tablets and smartphones. The new babysitters? You're doing a disservice to your children if so.
1 posted on 12/28/2013 10:45:05 AM PST by upchuck
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To: upchuck

>>You’re doing a disservice to your children if so. <<

Because Playstations and laptops were so successful in child-rearing.


2 posted on 12/28/2013 10:46:58 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: upchuck

I remember “tablet” was a common synonym for “pill”. The pharmaceutical industry still uses the term, too.


3 posted on 12/28/2013 10:47:55 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: upchuck
Damn those tablets! They've been a nuisance for thousands of years!


4 posted on 12/28/2013 10:52:20 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: upchuck
...but experts worry...

What would we ever do without experts?

5 posted on 12/28/2013 10:56:17 AM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero!)
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To: SamAdams76

Those look like Sumerian Tax Records.


6 posted on 12/28/2013 11:03:43 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: SamAdams76

That looks like the new Windows 8 interface!


7 posted on 12/28/2013 11:05:40 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: SamAdams76

:) I thought about putting something snarky like that in reply number one but figured if I didn’t, one of you would. Thanks.


8 posted on 12/28/2013 11:05:48 AM PST by upchuck (My Internet addiction is so bad... it's alt of ctrl.)
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To: UCANSEE2

It’s the Babylonian Revenue Service Cuni Form. :)


9 posted on 12/28/2013 11:07:02 AM PST by Larry Lucido (If you like your all your base, you can keep your all your base. - CATS)
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To: upchuck

iPads are wonderful potty training tools, and with Netflix my kids can watch old cartoons. I can’t stand “learning” cartoons that dominate TV.


10 posted on 12/28/2013 11:08:35 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: upchuck

“even a 3-year-old can master them”

correction

even some 3 year old can learn how to use them adequately enough to amaze the adults who never bothered to learn how to use one.


11 posted on 12/28/2013 11:29:00 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: goodwithagun

They aren’t kidding about 3 year olds being able to master them. I watched my granddaughter, who just turned 3, turn on her mother’s tablet, navigate to Netflix, call up her own watchlist, and start watching her favorite movie. Blew me away.


12 posted on 12/28/2013 11:32:31 AM PST by Oldhunk
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To: Oldhunk

Yeah I bought my grandkids (then 3, 3, and 5 yrs old) iPads 2 yrs ago. I’m ambivalent on the outcome.

I think being a parent in the internet age is more difficult in some respects than before.


13 posted on 12/28/2013 11:34:49 AM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: upchuck

Tablets are for information “consumers”.


14 posted on 12/28/2013 11:38:04 AM PST by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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To: upchuck

Well, I was concerned about tablet use, but now that the experts have weighed in, I feel much better about letting my children have one. LOL

Most things in life are simple: all things in moderation.


15 posted on 12/28/2013 11:52:15 AM PST by antidisestablishment (Islam delenda est)
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‘Digital dementia’

http://www.bing.com/search?q=digital+dementia&form=APMCS1


16 posted on 12/28/2013 12:06:03 PM PST by deks (Happy New Year!)
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To: nascarnation

The big problem is that the kids spend way too much time sitting on their butts with all their electronic devices.


17 posted on 12/28/2013 12:14:56 PM PST by Oldhunk
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To: Oldhunk

In this case, Momma imposes some very discrete time allocations.


18 posted on 12/28/2013 12:19:17 PM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: upchuck

My then-3yo was learning algebra and programming with one. It’s not the tool, it’s what you do with it.


19 posted on 12/28/2013 12:21:16 PM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: Dr. Sivana; SamAdams76

Looks like a primitive Rubic’s Cube


20 posted on 12/28/2013 12:21:43 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: upchuck
And that has some pediatricians and other health experts worried.

It should have teachers unions worried. :)

21 posted on 12/28/2013 12:37:17 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: nascarnation
Yeah I bought my grandkids (then 3, 3, and 5 yrs old) iPads 2 yrs ago. I’m ambivalent on the outcome.

Like it or not we're evolving and the increasing technology is leading the way. Kids today are so far ahead of their adults in using today's tech stuff, and they have to be since they're the ones who are going to improve on it.

It is what it is and there is no sense fighting it. Look at the evolution of television and phones.......

Personally, I'm falling further and further behind the times in terms cell phones. I've got my first cell, a Motorola Razr, and when I was at my niece's house for Christmas day, they showed me their phones. Niece's husband has a Smart Phone and my other nephew has an Android.

The nephew literally conducts all of his business (he's an estimator for a huge construction company) via his phone!

A hand held phone device that can send/receive emails, text msgs., browse the internet, provide GPS directions, weather reports, news reports, flash news updates, scan grocery bar codes, provide music to your car.............etc, etc........HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?

Just look where we have come in the past 10 years regarding cell phones and imagine what is in store for us during the next 20 years..........

Technology has its benefits as well as it's pitfalls but I tend to embrace it and look forward to what it has to offer us in the future.....

As much as I would love to upgrade to modern phone technology, I'm stuck in fear mode...........

22 posted on 12/28/2013 12:49:09 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: Larry Lucido
WIt’s the Babylonian Revenue Service Cuni Form.

Why... of course. You must be correct.

(LOL)

23 posted on 12/28/2013 2:55:42 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: Oldhunk
The big problem is that the kids spend way too much time sitting on their butts with all their electronic devices.

Our grandchildren split time between electronics devices, and actual physical playtime that includes helping grandma bake and grandpa with gardening. It's a shame if kids are only stuck on the video gadgets. They need to learn by working alongside people. One of our granddaughters is almost two and spends a lot of time creating oil paintings (one of her daddy's hobbies). Another is just turning two and is learning music, playing harmonica and piano with family members. There is more out there than video gadgets.

24 posted on 12/28/2013 3:01:21 PM PST by roadcat
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To: Hot Tabasco

“HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?”

haha, they are pretty amazing little devices! I play a game called “Ingress” on an Android smartphone. This game is quite remarkable. I could describe it as an “augmented reality, real-time, massively multi-player game that is played globally - the main goal is to control territory for your team”. I guarantee you that places you go to have been transformed into “Portals” within this game (public places; churches, bars, sculptures, etc.). To interact with a portal you must *physically” go to that location, it makes you walk/drive/get out and about :) Sometimes you’ll bump into an enemy agent! It’s a game you can play wherever you travel, earth over. It does a good job of making you feel that the smartphone is really a “scanner” into another world that you can’t usually see...you can even wave it around like flashlight to see the “secret world” LOL.

That said, for the game to work it requires;

* The Internet
* GPS
* Electronic Gyroscopes
* Highly powerful embedded computers
* High quality displays with touch
* Wireless Internet capability
* Powerful servers to handle game coordination
* etc...

When I think about playing a game that is using all that technology, it really makes you wonder what is possible.


25 posted on 12/28/2013 3:01:43 PM PST by fuzzylogic (welfare state = sharing consequences of poor moral choices among everybody)
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To: upchuck

My three youngest children learned to read using my iPad. We bought cheap tablets last year for Christmas for them to share. They broke one, almost broke a second, and have been banned from using them since. They really are not a child’s toy. A nice educational, tool, though.


26 posted on 12/28/2013 3:05:50 PM PST by Marie Antoinette (:)
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To: Hot Tabasco

My hubby and I finally plunged into the world of smartphones a month ago. We are still learning, but it is a powerful tool. We just learned how to stream YouTube videos from our phones to our TV. So much to learn, it’s fascinating. We had fear about the phone bill!


27 posted on 12/28/2013 3:14:01 PM PST by Marie Antoinette (:)
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To: upchuck; All

Give your babies and grandbabies wooden blocks to play with now and by highschool they will be outcreating the other 99%. Make makers.


28 posted on 12/28/2013 3:24:50 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: SamAdams76

I read cuneiform.

The middle one says, “Worthless without pictures”.


29 posted on 12/28/2013 3:35:44 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: Rodamala
Give your babies and grandbabies wooden blocks to play with now and by highschool they will be outcreating the other 99%. Make makers.

Better yet, as your babies grow older, force them to use rotary dial telephones and watch non-digital black and white televisons....... That will certainly accelerate them to the head of the class...../s

30 posted on 12/28/2013 3:38:17 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I feel no pain for the incapable and inadequate. If you want to train your kids for a lucrative career as a barista drawing foam jack-o-lanterns on top of your $6 pumpkin spiced latte... go right ahead.

If you need someone to fix your furnace, plumbing, AC, automobile, or whatever... po-jama boy ain't going to get it done with his google glasses.

31 posted on 12/28/2013 4:13:58 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

Amen!


32 posted on 12/28/2013 4:18:55 PM PST by upchuck (My Internet addiction is so bad... it's alt of ctrl.)
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To: Rodamala
If you need someone to fix your furnace, plumbing, AC, automobile, or whatever... po-jama boy ain't going to get it done with his google glasses.

And in the plumbing of the not too distant future, not even your plumber will be able to fix what ailes your system unless he's trained in the advanced electronics that today's children are getting their foothold in..........

Buggy whips and horse drawn carriages went out of style many years ago so you can raise your children in the modified lifestyle of the Amish if you wish.......I don't know of too many Amish folks who even have cable television............LOL!

33 posted on 12/28/2013 4:37:21 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: upchuck

Probably, government licensed experts.


34 posted on 12/28/2013 6:49:12 PM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: goodwithagun

I’ve long been convinced “learning cartoons” train kids into thinking education is supposed to always be fun and games and ruining them for serious effort towards learning.


35 posted on 12/28/2013 7:15:04 PM PST by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: Fire_on_High

My biggest issue is the everybody wins scenarios throughout the “learning” cartoons. The old Mickey Mouse cartoons my kids watch include the angry Donald Duck and evil Pete. Some of the cartoons have characters that use guns (insert pearl-clutching gasp here).


36 posted on 12/28/2013 7:27:07 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: ctdonath2

Right. My boys are always doing their algebra and programming, every time I ask.


37 posted on 12/29/2013 3:22:41 PM PST by cornelis
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To: DoughtyOne
What would we ever do without experts?

Especially when they crank out a "study" to prove their findings.

38 posted on 12/29/2013 3:25:11 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

I used to have to listen to detail men/women regarding medications. Take my word for it, three competing drugs can each be shown to be the best. All it takes is a study that emphasizes it’s best attributes, and in truth it can be considered best on that point with the data. The other two can do exactly the same thing.

Studies are very misleading, and those running them like it that way.

Experts are most often merely hucksters trying to hoodwink individuals and groups.


39 posted on 12/29/2013 3:30:54 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero!)
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To: cornelis

Go look up apps DragonBox and Kodable.


40 posted on 12/29/2013 6:24:52 PM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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