My children are technology crazy – they love to go on the iPad and the Hudl.
I am well aware of how attractive the games on these gadgets can be and children do tend to get pulled into this vortex. It is almost an hourly question “Can I go on the iPad?” (that is, they take it in turns)
I am careful with what they do whilst on it and are never unsupervised. I also password lock any downloads so I am not left with a hefty bill for in app purchases.
I download apps that are educational too and use the iPad and Hudl as a learning resource and this has been quite successful as they love going on it. Obviously I limit the time spent on these gadgets and they are only allowed to go on it after they have completed homework or any other tasks they need to complete.
I would of course prefer that they use a device that is more suited to them.
The Office of Fair Trading found that 6 out of 10 parents give their children adult devices to play with.
I wonder what happened to children’s computers and tablets and other learning devices which are orientated towards children’s needs and suited to them?
I remember for Jadyn, we got her a number of LeapFrog computers as she outgrew each one. Each one of them had many electronic toys. But suddenly, in the last few months there has been a change in the trend. Perhaps it is because we have not acquired these particular gadgets. They are definitely more accessible.
The survey also further revealed that almost half (43 per cent) of respondents say they recognise the educational value of technology in children’s lives, but with children often just a click away from chargeable or inappropriate content, more than a quarter of those parents (26 per cent) admit they do not always have the time to supervise their child when using their technology and will not always be in the same room as they play with devices.
LeapFrog , a household name for electronic toys for children, has launched the LeapPad Ultra LeapFrog’s newest device, and is the ultimate learning tablet for kids and the ideal solution for those parents worried about their child’s use of tech devices and online accessibility. The perfect combination of learning and fun, this Wi-Fi connected tablet boasts more than 500 interactive educational games, creativity apps, eBooks, videos, music and more, all designed or approved by LeapFrog’s highly experienced team of learning experts. It also features a kid-safe web content experience, LeapSearch™, created in partnership with Zui™, a leading children’s browser developer. LeapSearch is kid-ready out of the box and delivers an experience that parents can trust.
Unique to LeapPad Ultra, a seven-inch high-resolution screen is designed to help children learn to write using a stylus while supporting interactive touch experiences. LeapPad Ultra also features a sleek new look, a long-lasting rechargeable battery, and front and back cameras and video recorders plus 8 GB of storage for photos, apps, videos and more.
A survey conducted by LeapFrog revealed that 1 in 10 parents resorted to purchasing a child specific tablet to gain back control of their devices.
I think the LeapPad Ultra looks like a great learning resource for children without having the anxiety of children visiting improper sites in error or raising high bills with in-app purchases.