Paula Cocozza’s feature about iPads and young children in today’s g2 section of The Guardian is headlined differently in the print edition of the paper. Underneath a fullpage photo of a boy and a girl leaning over a tablet screen and playing a game, the headline reads “Children of the revolution“. The sub-heading (reproduced below) is a good indication of the balanced, level-headed nature of the whole piece.
In the middle of the feature comes a welcome debunking of the story that surfaced last-year about a four-year-old who was reported to have needed treatment for iPad addiction. Cocozza manages to get the doctor involved with this case to concede that the ‘treatment’ “comprised a single informal phone call… in which he gave advice.” He is also quoted as saying that “addiciton” is not an appropriate word to use in relation to such young children.
The whole piece is definitely worth a read.
Tablet ownership has more than doubled in the past few years – and as many parents are finding, children are highly proficient at using them. But are these devices harmful to their development? Or do they encourage ‘technological intelligence’?