Kids begin learning from the womb and while human contact is of primary importance, technology can play a major role in development. According to surveys conducted by various pediatric institutes, a child’s overall development through the use of technology can be compartmentalized into the following sections:
0 to 12 months: The Button Pusher – Learns cause and effect with electronic toys can handle cell phones set to ‘airplane mode.’
1 to 2 years: The High-Tech Mimic – Watches educational programs, tinkers with basic cause-and-effect apps on cell phones and starts to imitate mom’s tech habits.
2 to 3 years: The App-y Toddler – Uses an eReader for story time, sorts shapes and finds hidden objects on cell phone apps and is ready for electronic toys that teach numbers, letters, and vowel sounds.
3 to 4 years: The Swiper – Regularly uses a tablet— yours (until MOSTI was born), plays apps that feature simple puzzles and matching games.
4 to 5 years: The World Wide Wanderer – Uses the internet under supervision and plays active video games with the family.
There is really is no ‘right’ age to allow kids to dip a toe into the digital pond, so why wait for technology to force its way into your kid’s life when you can integrate it with your child’s development on your own terms.