Intuitive, interactive and with a whole world available from one small screen, tablets have a lot to offer in the way of educating children. There are a multitude of apps that can help children develop reading, math and problem solving skills. Of course, the more time you spend one-on-one with your child while she's using a tablet, the more she will get from it.
Thousands of apps are specifically designed for children of all ages with the sole purpose of entertaining and educating. All indications are that these types of apps have a profoundly positive effect on a child's intellectual development. One of the reasons may be that time on a tablet engages a child, unlike time in front of a TV screen. An entertaining educational app, however, focuses a child's attention for longer periods of time.
One of the greatest benefits of a tablet to a young, growing mind is that it has access to thousands of e-books, many of which are specifically designed for the interactive features available in tablets. E-books are usually much less expensive than the printed versions and thousands of children's classics are also available for free from non-profit organizations.
Children get the most from electronic technologies like tablets when parents are involved with them. That means spending time with your child and the tablet, including reading and playing games. You should especially spend time with your child after downloading a new app by trying the app with her, asking questions and explaining the options as she plays.
Limiting Screen Time
Time with a tablet shouldn't become any child's full-time pursuit. Spending one-on-one time with your child reading storybooks and enjoying other activities is still important. Time with a tablet shouldn't take away from time spent outdoors getting physical activity. For the sake of your child's eyes alone, it's important to take sufficient breaks away from the screen. To ensure your child doesn't strain her eyes, try using the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, have your child take at least 20 seconds to look at an object 20 feet away.
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