Where is it anyway? That manual on parenting. Heck, it seems like everything we buy comes with a manual. These days, most even come in multiple
Yet, one of our most precious possessions doesn't come with one—our kids. No manual, no best practices, just all kinds of conflicting information.
Have one kid, they tell you one thing. A few years later, when you have another, the rules have changed—whether they have to do with feeding, sleeping,
learning, or playing.
Add to that mix new technology and it's enough to make the most seasoned parent wonder, "What am I supposed to do now? I can't give this kid back.
Somehow, I have to learn what to do with it."
A column that New York Times tech
writer David Pogue wrote about kids and iPads generated all sorts of debate—1,100 comments in all. The topic? His six-year-old son's possible iPad
Enter another dad
Our CEO, Mark Ragan, read Pogue's column. Techno buff that @markraganceo is, he had questions for
Pogue and suspected other moms and dads would, too. So, the two spent a few minutes visiting—communicator to communicator, dad to dad. We think you'll
find the video helpful in guiding your own kids', grandkids', or favorite munchkins' use of
these techno tablets.
To give you a hint of what you'll hear, Pogue's son uses the iPad with creative and problem-solving applications. Though opinions on the topic run from
one end of the spectrum to the other, Pogue's advice is similar to advice we hear on many topics—best used in moderation.
Kids and iPads in medicine
Some think iPads and kids are a great mix in medical settings. We wrote a story earlier this year on how hospitals are using iPads to calm
children's fears in emergency rooms and before surgery. Check it out.
Kids and iPads in early education
A article in the Guardian earlier this year tells how a nursery school
in Bath, England is using iPads to help teach three-year-olds, but not without some skepticism among parents and educators.
And, a study shows some think iPads could make children unsociable or, even, obese. The article shows, though, that's not necessarily the case.
We really liked the Guardian's closing paragraph, which seemed to echo David Pogue's words.
The Guardian says, "Megan Pacey, chief executive of Early Education, a national organization for early years practitioners, says: 'Technology
in the early years is a very emotive area. There does seem to be a middle-class attitude that technology is not always good. But it is all about
moderation and context.'"