Why You Shouldn’t Babysit Kids with Tablets! (And What to Do Instead)

Advice about Tablets and Young Children: What Works and Warnings from an Expert.

You’ve seen it. Young children engrossed in tablet devices. But how much is too much? Today’s expert, Diane Levin, gives technology guidance to the parents and teachers of young children.

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Parents and teachers need to interact with students. Kids need the real world. Hands-on manipulatives help them learn, as well. Today’s guest helps us with balancing the physical world and the virtual tablet-based world many young children inhabit.

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Tiggly combines hands-on manipulatives with iPad games. In my opinion, Tiggly strikes the balance that we discuss in today’s show. While you’re on Tiggly’s site, check out the Bonus Segment, Avoiding the Biggest Mistake We Make with Kids and Tablets by today’s guest, Diane Levin.

Show Notes about Kids and Tablets:

  • What risks do tablets pose for young children?
  • What experiences are necessary for a child’s optimal development?
  • Why do children need blocks and manipulatives?
  • What are ways that parents and teachers can engage with kids as they use tablet devices?
  • How can we help children learn to self-regulate their use of tablet devices?
  • How do you select activities and games appropriate for your child?

Who is Diane Levin?

Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., is a Professor of Education at Wheelock College in Boston. She is the author of Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood(NAEYC) and So Sexy So Soon. She is a founder of Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment and Defending the Early Years.

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  1. I agree that children should not play on tablets and be engaged with being on tablets and other electronic devices as much and should be playing with blocks and other manipulatives. I think that if the parents and even teachers are going to give the kids tablets they should have them playing games or being engaged on there with stuff like reading, writing or math. They could download math games on the tablets where the kids have to count or reading games where the kids have to match letters and words with pictures. Not only would this be fun for the kids because they would be playing a game; but they would also be learning. I think that kids should always be doing hands on activities and be engaged with other kids and people rather than using a tablet. I think when they do hands on activities with other kids its helps not only for them to see it actually being done but also helps them socially interact with other kids and people. In today’s world I think kids are becoming to hooked on tablets and using them to much and not getting as much hands on experience anymore.