EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW AS YOUR LITTLE ONE GROWS AND DEVELOPS
Where do you stand on screen time? It’s a divisive issue, with some parents totally opposed to it and others who don’t see a problem with it. Educational apps are a fun way for little ones to gain knowledge, but new research suggests that we could see an ‘app-gap’ – where toddlers who are increasingly digitally savvy could be more school-ready than those who aren’t exposed to this type of learning.
Dr Donell Holloway from Edith Cowan University said a balance of educational and pure entertainment apps can be beneficial to learning. “Some parents have run with the idea portrayed in advertising about the educational value of apps,” she explains. “However, some parents felt guilty about allowing their young children to use apps because of the opposing argument relating to screen time, childhood obesity or lack of children’s physical and imaginative play.”
To reach a happy medium, use educational apps with your little one to enhance their learning. “Our analysis found that when parents co-use learning apps with their very young children, they add a layer of learning to the in-built tools that exist within the app to help navigate it,” says Donell. The tablet might be able to teach them valuable skills but, with your help, they’ll absorb even more.