Just as we need to learn to drive a car safely, we need to learn how to use the internet safely. Again, this is another tool that increases our freedom, increases our ability to do things, greatly improves our ability to learn but also has a potential danger. However, we don’t get in cars thinking that we could become addicted but sometimes we might make use of public transport to limit the polluting effect of combustion engines. We adapt, we don’t abstain completely.
Studies do show that children can learn from apps, and exposure to digital tools such as tablets and computers can provide a helpful boost, especially for children with fewer overall resources. Consider why you want to get the device. Is it to get them prepped for school? Is it to keep them entertained? Is it to let them practise their academic skills? Tablets can do all of these things - but they can't do them alone. Choosing quality apps that are age appropriate, setting realistic expectations, and supporting your child’s learning both on and off the device are key for a successful outcome.
Tablets and well-designed apps offer children many benefits including the ability to discover new things, follow their interests, satisfy their curiosity, and be rewarded for their efforts.