As a mom (and a human), there are a lot of scary statistics out there. Anything and everything EVER will severely injure or kill you…at least today. Tomorrow, half of those things will be good for you again.
The same goes for children with television and computers.
I’ll be honest…the TV is always on at my house (which drives my husband crazy). I just leave it on in the background while I’m
cleaning playing Candy Crush #thatstupidgameownsmylife! The hum of the TV is my white noise.
When the TV is just ON, Little Man doesn’t usually pay attention. He’s too busy knocking down a tower of blocks, “sweeping” my floor, etc. But there are a lot of educational preschool programs that he does enjoy. He loves Elmo (Sesame Street is a CLASSIC!), Yo Gabba Gabba (this show is AWESOME – especially the bands and music!), and now he’s getting into Blue’s Clues, which is fun. (The old episodes with Steve, of course!)
So, am I “rotting his brain” and “wasting time” with passive entertainment? No, I don’t think so. I’m sure there are some shows I watch that would be considered a time suck *coughRealityTVcough* But, I don’t see the harm in what he’s actually paying attention to – and some people actually agree with me!
Now, let me be clear – I’m not advocating using television as a babysitter. I always make it a point to interact with my son while he’s watching his shows. “What color is that? What sound does a puppy make?” (But sometimes I will step away briefly to go the bathroom alone!)
I feel even more strongly about children having access to computers and tablets. Little Man has “his own” iPhone with kid-friendly apps on it. (It’s my old one – and I’ve disabled Wi-Fi connectivity and phone service.) He also plays games on our iPad fairly often. For the last couple of months, we have had the opportunity to beta test a new app called KidMastermind, which I highly recommend! (No, I’m not getting any perks for saying that! It’s just really neat!)
He’s not even two yet, and I’m already thinking about our options for his education, whether it be traditional schooling or not. I would be naive if I didn’t include multiple forms of technology as part of his learning process. It is the way of the world today. I’m just trying to give him a head start.
And don’t worry, I make sure he still has plenty of time for other activities!