10 Reasons Why I Will Continue to Give my Children Handheld Devices

Okay so baby is only 8 weeks old but she has two extremely tech-friendly parents who are a graphic designer & web developer, and are constantly using (and loving) handheld devices. She will have her own, I’m sure. She’s already watched newborn stimulation videos of contrasty moving shapes on the tablet & our phones, and she loves it. She has 2 cousins (aged 3 & 5) who have their own iPad minis & are very creative with them, and I’ve seen how useful they can be.

I love that the author of the blog cites am instance where her 7 year old used YouTube videos to learn to draw a cat – perfect use of tech. I taught myself to knit using YouTube, it’s such an amazing resource. I’m sure we’ll be responsible with our children’s use of handheld devices, but this article certainly gave me something to think about.

Chop Wood, Carry Water

Image My children, both on handheld devices, learning and laughing.

Last week the Huffington Post ran this article titled 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12.

As an educator who advocates for the intentional and appropriate use of technology, I could go on about this forever. But instead I’m writing here as a mother.

Here are my 10 reasons why I will continue giving my children handheld devices, and all other forms of technology as well.

1) Because banning things never, ever, ever works. 

Remember when your parents wouldn’t let you watch rated R movies so you just went to your friends’ houses to watch them? I think I’d rather have my kids using technology and handheld devices with me beside them. Where I can engage with them, answer questions, and limit content if I have concerns.

2) Problem solving.

When my kids…

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