The benefits and drawbacks of childrenusing tablets are widely debated.Image by winnifredxoxo
There have been no long termstudies done on the effects oftablet use on children.Image by Scott Akerman
“Every new mediumhas, within a shorttime of itsintroduction,been condemnedas a threat toyoung people.”–Hanna RosinImage by *Vintage Fairytale*
There are concerns about attention spans,exposure to violence, a sedentary lifestyle, and alack of communication skills, just to name a few.Image by Emory Maiden
We have a romanticized viewof a perfect childhood, one spentconstantly outdoors playing.Image by jt_takeuchi
However it isoutdated, asmost of us didnot experiencethat type ofchildhood either.Image by Tracy Law
Our generation grew upwith television, and tosome extent computers.Image by John Allman Dayrit
Parents are often criticised forpacifying their children with screens.Image by Brad Flickinger
In publicrestaurants, childrenwho are engaged withascreen insteadof in conversationare judged.Image by Christopher Peplin
Yet we spent our childhooddrawing on place mats in restaurants,not necessarily engaged.Image by josquin2000
Are puzzles any less valuable on a screen?Image by Lotte Ch
There are currently over90000 “educational” apps availablejust for iOS alone.Image by Daniel Go
Many experts believe this is the only typeof app that has any value for children.Image by Intel Free Press
Since when does every experiencein our childhood have to beexplicitly educational?Image by Brynja Eldon
Snakes and Ladders is not deemed an“educational” board game, yet no one wouldquestion its value in a childhood, or thatchildren will learn from playing it.Image by Sezzles
It may be timewe update ourview of a perfectchildhood.Image by Minxlj
Or maybe we should take someadvice from the Greeks…“Everything in moderation.”Image by David Amsler
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