to use together .
Every day, new educational apps are developed and tablets
can be a wonderful learning tool for children and parents
"But make sure they are one of many things you use to
teach and entertain your children, not the only thing", says
Family Coach Jenny Hale.
"Their brain is at a stage where they need to hear and
practice language. The one-way barrage of language from
a gadget doesn't teach them nearly as well as the interactive
to-and-fro speech that happens with normal parental
interactions. It's a pity if our voice is always competing with
the chatter from TV or the noise from a gadget," she says.
"The best way to use a device is with a child, rather than
just leaving them alone with it. Children learn best in the
context of warmth, security and your interaction rather than
in the isolation of an electronic bubble. Have them in your
lap or beside you so that you are physically touching and
talking together. In that context, a tablet is probably as good
as a book. On those occasions when you do want them to
play alone with a gadget, let them know it will be for a fixed
time. Set a timer on the stove or on the device itself."