Toddlers: The New iPad Whizzes, Addicts
New generation's love of touchscreens could reshape media
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2010 6:49 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The iPad is becoming a major hit with toddlers—or at least with toddlers who have parents happy to plunk a $500 gadget in their hands. Parents say kids as young as 18 months are learning their way around the iPad's touchscreen with uncanny speed. And after putting the device down, they then try to treat TVs and standard computer monitors as if they were touchscreens as well, reports Ad Age, which handed the device to a 3-year-old, who took just a few minutes to learn how to swipe and access apps—and didn't want to give it back.

Media execs believe the junior iPad users could be mapping out the future of technology. "It really feels like a machine that is responding to their needs as opposed to something they have to work through," the director of-online ventures at PBS says. "A whole generation will grow up expecting that experience." Children's publishers and companies like Disney are keenly watching the trend and scrambling to create titles and apps for the iPad.

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StephenStark
Jul 28, 2010 8:23 AM CDT
This is a nice topic; I believe touch screen is the most practical - technical development of our present time. A technology is meant to ease our usage and reduce our efforts to practice our daily task. However many recent devices use complexity, perhaps to build customer's interests and to create an image of exclusivity. If we have to put efforts to learn and to master the usage of a technology, then I understand, it does challenge the basic definition of technology to a man. When I see my 3-year son using the iPad, and enjoying the lessons of solar system or basic counting. I feel happy that I am able to provide him the technical development for his time, a technology so efficient, that even a 3-year benefits from it. The new application developers, who have built some of these iPad apps with well thought interface, graphics, and animation and study contents, also deserve the applause. I don't know about others, but I have found my son really liking some of the apps like Star Walk and Hello-Hello Kids iPad apps.
emandharry
Jul 20, 2010 11:18 PM CDT
My son is 2 & a half & he just loves the iPad. I thought I'd share his favourite - Flashcards for iPad. Check it out! http://itunes.apple.com/au/app... He is really having fun with it & has started to build strong language skills & confidence in learning. It's great when an app offers loads of learning opportunities, as well as great design, graphics & sound effects. Another impressive element to this app that my little boy has started to use is that it offers the content in 3 languages - English, French & Spanish. So soon we may have one bilingual speaker in the house! Cheers :-)
Chad
Jun 7, 2010 6:33 PM CDT
If a corner-cutting tablet that, for all intensive purposes, should be the tech blunder of the decade makes such a wave, just imagine when a real tablet comes along ...can't wait.