Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Is 3 too young to have a tablet?


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It's a question that Stuart and I had been asking ourselves a lot recently. After a long debate about it we decided to get Blake his own Amazon fire for kids. It's definitely a topic that has mixed opinions and screen time is a topic I've wrote about before. 

At 3 some people feel that its too young for children to have their own tablet. Which I think is fair enough as everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Blake loves playing games on both my tablet and phone and so now we decided to get him his own tablet and be pretty strict with his usage. Here are the things we have decided to implement:

-Internet is turned off
-He is only allowed to use it for  short periods of time
-He has to do educational apps first such as learning shapes and numbers
-Once he has done 15 mins of educational stuff he can move onto playing a game or watch a kid's show.
-We also have a pin code so he can't go into mine and Stuart's accounts to change any settings. 
 We have it set so that he can only see and use age appropriate content 
- only we can download apps etc for him so we know what he is watching etc.

The Amazon fire for kids is suitable for children aged between 3 and 12 years.  I feel as children tend use technology a lot these days especially when it comes to some pre-schools and schools its worthwhile Blake learning how to start using them now.

I feel that a tablet at this age is perfectly fine if their are strict parental controls and that its not used all the time. I think apps can be a great way for children to learn as well as fun for them too.

This week's featured  post is from  Rabbit ideas with her post on 9 ways to support early literacy in your community. The post has such great ideas and definitely some I'll be doing I especially love the story sack idea.



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4 comments

  1. I think times have changed now. When my girls were little I would say 3 years old was too young. They are 10 & 15 now and things like tablets were not a big thing back then. Now there are so many parental controls and safety measures a 3 year old could really benefit educationally from using a tablet.

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  2. Im all for educational learning with these : unfortunately i see a lot just sit and watch cartoons all day long

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  3. Great post- this is such a tricky area and I think people are changing their thinking about it all the time- for example, a few years ago we would have been horrified by kids using ipads in schools, but most are frequently learning this way, now. Our kids have screen time and I think it is important as they will be expected to be able to use IT in the future in a way we can only begin to imagine. I agree with your rules, though, it is important to monitor it and make sure you have restrictions, etc. so that their other skills such as fine and gross motor skills, reading, being outside, etc are all there too. As long as it is in balance, I think it is fine. #tacticaltuesdays

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  4. I don't think 3 is too young at all - it just depends how you let them use it. My children all have tablets but they are set to the maximum security and they can't access anything, apart form their games and kids YouTube, without the password

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