According to a very revealing infographic recently posted on Mashable Tech,
39% percent of children age 2-4 have used a smart device, such as an iPad.
This growing trend of children using smart devices comes from the direct result of parents and caregivers sharing their smart phones and tablets. Parents are most often the first to introduce kids to technology for both learning and fun.
In my house it started with the Leapster and then the Nintendo DS, and quickly moved to my iPad. It makes sense that kids are becoming more and more interested and well versed in tablets like the iPad, Samsung Tablet, Kindle Fire, and Nook to name just a few! We adults own them, and kids know how to use them.
Touch is a natural and intuitive process, making smart devices very easy for young children to navigate. More and more children are starting off with these touch screen forms of technology and will most likely continue to follow this intuitive-type user experience trend.
Did you know that nearly half of first time mobile tech users aren’t even in Kindergarten?
There is no doubt that many of us have witnessed a toddler or preschooler being entertained by a smart phone or tablet while waiting with an adult somewhere.
And whether you are the parent sharing your device, or the one witnessing a device being shared, the opinions vary on what the appropriate age for introducing such technology “should” be, and how much time a child “should” spend on a tablet or any other type of digital gadget.
Personally, I think the discussion should go beyond the age in which a child starts using smart devices and how much time the child spends on any given device. I think what app the child is engaging with matters.
Every child is unique with varying interests and abilities, so it is important to choose apps that meet your individual child’s interest and skill level in order to help your child learn and acquire new skills.
Smart devices are a part of children’s lives today (whether we like it or not), and parents and caregivers are responsible for the apps they choose for their children.
With this growing trend, I am happy to know a company like YogiPlay exists. YogiPlay was created in order to give parents insight into their kids’ learning and development within a network of personalized, high quality, fun and engaging apps.
The company, YogiPlay, is made up of a group of parents who believe that mobile devices have the power to be both fun and educational for our kids. Their mission is to help families turn mobile phones and tablets into truly smart devices!
“As parents we care deeply about the experience our children have on mobile devices. These devices are part of their lives and we want them to have the best possible content to play, learn and grow with.”
-Michal Sellin, Co-Founder of YogiPlay
Pre-K Success and YogiPlay are both passionate about how kids learn. And both companies are dedicated to creating and selling quality, fun and engaging learning products for kids.
Pre-K Success and YogiPlay agree that as smart device usage and mobile content for children continues to gain traction, parents need to be intentional in their app choices. Both suggest that parents look for content that is both high in engagement value AND learning quality.
There are many great mobile apps that are built with a learning focus, teaching young kids everything from their primary numbers and colors, language and literacy, phonemes and phonics, problem solving and critical thinking, motor skills and music, spelling and more!
Bibi’s Nest, Animal Farm, and Catch & Go are just a few of YogiPlay-Boosted games that I recommend for their educational value, motor skill practice, and cool graphics and sound effects! YogiPlay’s parent interface allows you to purchase and download great apps with confidence.
I encourage you to:
- Be selective with the educational content you upload to your shared device. Is it researched based? Does it come from a trusted source such as YogiPlay?
- Be intentional about how much time your child spends on any smart device. Remember to utilize other educational tools, like the Pre-K Success Travel Kit, while your child waits with you.
- Be a part of your child’s learning and development.
Please share your thoughts below.