Our tutor recently shared a shocking article about a little girl in Britain whose parents are seeking treatment from the psychiatric department for her iPad addiction! – Four-year-old girl is Britain’s youngest iPad ADDICT: Shocking rise in children hooked on using smartphones and tablets (Seales & Harding, 2013).
While I still do think that extreme addiction cases like these are rare I do not deny that it might just be a norm in the near future. You can just take a walk in the mall or dine at a family restaurant and see how parents are ‘soothing’ and ‘disciplining’ or in plain words ‘shutting-up’ the child with their phones, tablets, computers, etc.
Unknown to these parents, they may be ‘shutting-up’ their kids for good, and even from their own lives as the articles states that when the iPad is taken away, the children display withdrawal symptoms.
We may have many forms of nightmares. Some during our sleep at night and some in the form of events or people during the day. However, I think this is the first time for me that a ‘nightmare’ is in the form of a product – the iPotty. gaaaaah!!!!
Here is an excerpt from an article about ICT in the Early Years: Balancing the Risks and Benefits by Shah and Godiyal (n.d.). They are certainly points I will constantly be referring to for this round of professional experience!
Two widely-cited sets of guidelines strongly emphasise developmental appropriateness: the DATEC
(developmentally appropriate technology in early childhood) project in the UK (Siraj-Blatchford & SirajBlatchford 2002; Siraj-Blatchford & Whitebread 2003); and the American National Association for the
Education of Young Children’s position statement on the use of technology with children aged 3 to 8
(NAEYC 1996). DATEC offers eight general principles for determining the appropriateness of ICT
applications to be used in the early years:
*Allow child to be in control;
*Avoid applications that contain
violence or stereotyping;
*Be Aware of health and safety issues;
*Choose applications that are transparent
*Ensure an educational purpose;
involvement of parents;
* and Integrate with other aspects of the curriculum
A fellow blogger, Janine in her post ‘Guided Interactions and ICTs in the Preschool Classroom’ also shares the same concern and states how important it is for us to ‘When implementing ICT’s into the Pre-Prep classroom educators need to develop strategies that acitvely guide and extend children’s learning’. Well said indeed.
Seales, R. & Harding, E. (2013, April 21). Four-year-old girl is Britain’s youngest iPad ADDICT: Shocking rise in children hooked on using smartphones and tablets. In Daily Mail. Retrieved April 25, 2013, from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312429/Four-year-old-girl-Britains-youngest-iPad-ADDICT-Shocking-rise-children-hooked-using-smartphones-tablets.html
Shah, A., & Godiyal, S. ICT IN THE EARLY YEARS: BALANCING THE RISKS AND BENEFITS. Retrieved April 25, 2013, from http://www.ejournal.aiaer.net/vol21209/17.%20Shah%20&%20Godiyal.pdf