Do you let your children play with electronic devices? Does your child have his or her own personal IPad, IPhone, IPod, Kindle Fire, Nook, or similar device that can connect to the internet? If so, I’m curious to know about the boundaries and rules you have put in to place regarding it’s use.
How closely do you monitor what your children are doing on these electronic devices? Do you sit with them and participate in the activity or do they get to have free time alone to use it all by themselves? Have you placed time restrictions on when the devices can and can not be used? Is there a time limit when the kids do get to use it? Do you use it as a reward or privilege or just something they can use whenever?
My daughter can use my IPad to play on the applications I have downloaded for her as long as her chores are done and she has made good choices during the day. I do limit the amount of time she is on the IPad but it depends on what she is doing. I let her play on the learning apps for almost as long as she wants as long as they are the educational apps and not something like baking cupcakes or dressing up a doll. I want her to view learning as fun and there are many applications that help me accomplish just that.
Lady Bug and I went to the mall this afternoon to finally purchase the IPad I’ve been wanting for some time now. We stopped off at the Apple Store to find just what I had been itching to buy all week long. From the windows outside you could see the apples on almost everything.
Lady Bug was totally mesmerized by the pop up displays with the Apple logo on them. She thought that the curved walls were the neatest thing. She kept running her hand against the fabric and telling me how smooth it was. When she looked at one of the apples she pretended to take a bite and made a chomping sound. It was adorable.
One of her favorite pop up booths looked like it had three walls that were all connected in the center. She ran around it and told me it was a merry-go-round. I couldn’t stop laughing because I went there to buy an IPad and ended up staying so she could play in the playground of all the pop up displays. I bet these pop ups would be great to place in the play room I’m planning to make her. A few displays in bright contrasting colors would really set the room off and help keep each section of toys organized.
There are soo many different electronic toys out today that it’s hard to pick and chose what to get. Lady Bug enjoys playing on my IPad but I want to get her something of her own. I’ve seen tablets made just for kids. I’ve been looking at the Leap Pad Explorer, the Innotab, and the Nabi. I’m not really sure what the best one would be.
Each model has it’s pros and cons. I like that they all seem to be built very sturdy and have that indestructible look to them. I’d hate for Lady Bug to drop it once and have it break. I really appreciate that each of them have software developed for kids. I’m not too keen on the price of some of the games, apps, or software. Twenty five dollars for one little game seems to be a bit much in my opinion when I can download absolutely free applications on my IPad that Lady Bug loves.
I’m looking for the most versatile tablet that will grow with her. If I’m going to be schilling out mega bucks I don’t want it to be on something she will stop playing within a month or two. I suppose I’ll look up some reviews and see what other parents say about each item. I’m leaning towards the Nabi now but have not made my final decision yet.
On my way home from work I today I went back out to test drive a few more tablets. I really liked that one of Androids had the capability to watch Flash videos. This would make streaming video from some of my favorite sites a breeze. The IPad doesn’t have this feature but it seems so very easy to use that I might just get it anyway.
I’ve been wanting an IPad from the start and think I’m sold on getting the model with 16GB, WiFi only, and black casing. I don’t really think I’ll need storage space and if I do I can just tether it to my pc and move stuff over, so 16 GB should be more than enough. The model with 3G seems like it would be a bit much for my needs. Most every where I go has WiFi so why should I pay an additional monthly fee for the 3G service? Finally, I want the black one simply because it won’t show dirt and grime as bad if I get it scratched at all.
I think I’ll bring Lady Bug to the Apple Store with me tomorrow to purchase the one I like the most and then go out for an ice cream treat.