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  1.' Lisa thorley says:

    Very valid points. It is how we model what we have that influences our children/grandchildren. Also, just as with computers, we need to monitor the types of apps we expose children to. Moderation is also a key just as you have already stated.

  2.' Gayleen Mackereth says:

    My grandaughter showed my teacher husband how to use the  Tablet at the age of 3 years but I get really annoyed when both  she and her brother bring digital devices to visit and sit on the couch pressing buttons  when they come. Recently they even rejected using a dice when playing a game of snakes and ladders-a real, tactile old fashioned game with real counters, in favour of a dice on their father's mobile phone.

    Moderation may be the key but it is only a short step from  this attitude at an early age to be told that visiting is "boring " because I don't give them digital devices and prefer that they run in the paddock with the sheep, collect autumn leaves  and  play with a ball etc.They can't tear themsleves away from the flashing lights of technology.

    It is very hard for parents who are busy with work which involves technology to insist on no digital devices for a period  while they themselves are at the beck and call of the iphone all the time


  3.' Louise says:

    Hi, I have just stumbled upon your site and think it's a great resource – lucky NZers! but I am surprised at how little interest there was in this topic. just as we recognise that children are developmentally different from adults, we should also recognise that there may be unexpected and unintended outcomes from exposing young children to the same technology as adults without any awareness of their needs and special circumstances. Digital Technology is so different from other past forms of innovatory technology such as cameras, voice recorders, let along the good old computer as a word processor. Children's brains are being shaped by digital  interactivity – and it's no surprise that some are going to lose their pleasure in less "rewarding" experiences where they have to put more in eg more imagination, more patience, more effort, more physical coordination and skills. A digital diet is definitely needed – let's be aware of the realities with which we are dealing when we introduce this technology to young children in a service setting, remembering that they may already have spent a lot of time on mum/dad's carer's's phone before they got to the service, and may do so again while travelling home, waiting for the adults to finish shopping afterwards, or while they are getting dinner etc….

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