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2012-12-25 02:03:02 PM  
Ah, Slashdot. 10 years ago the responses would have been funny.
 
2012-12-25 04:38:14 PM  
How do you download apps to a six-month-old?
 
2012-12-25 04:38:46 PM  
A six month old what?
 
2012-12-25 05:15:43 PM  
Trolling?

Bring back The Glorious MEEPT!
 
2012-12-25 05:20:46 PM  
Some of those posts got a little rabid.  If that was a troll,, it was beautifully done.
 
2012-12-25 05:21:23 PM  
The number of childless wonders giving their opinions on that thread is crazy.

It's nice to have something stimulating to use to distract a kid that age every once in a while. Phones are handy.
 
2012-12-25 05:29:19 PM  
Doesn't look like a troll to me. Our 2 year old has been able to use an IPad since about 9 months or so.

Best app would be PBS Kids (she LOVES this one, has all her favorite Sesame Street/Kids learning characters on there)
For under 1 year though - There are Fisher Price Let's Play apps that have simple counting with animals and moving colored shapes that the child can tap on and make music with. Using these apps seemed to help nicely with refining motor skills. She was able to do all sorts of motions and grab/point/manipulate objects faster using the IPad combined with normal face to face interaction.
 
2012-12-25 05:32:29 PM  
Whatever happened to "park the kid in front of the teevee"? Earlier generations knew how to zombify their kids with less effort.
 
2012-12-25 05:35:53 PM  
If I ever have a child the only entertainment he/she will ever be allowed is porn.
 
2012-12-25 06:14:13 PM  
My boy has had an iPad since he was seven months old, back then he enjoyed simple games like Tabbi Animals and the like. Loved to move shapes around and make sounds on a piano, etc. plus it was a perfect travel baby music/video dispository... He is three and a half now and can do most games rated for 6+ even understands highly complex special relationships, not to mention numbers, letters and counting. Not yet reading though, even if he remembers some words that describe actions so he can get rid of pesky dialogues.

Best investment into early development on the planet. Specifically iOS devices as he translated the skills to all manner of other apple devices... Taught grandma how to use them!

Now he really likes games like cars, duckers, bejewelled and the like. Plus the read along books and interactive cartoon episodes where he helps to solve the riddles are are all the rage with him.

I wouldn't hesitate to say it pushed his cognitive development ahead by years.

/csb
 
2012-12-25 06:20:38 PM  
Any app that makes a sound when the phone is shook, thrown, hit, or toothlessly gummed would be a huge hit with that particular demographic.
 
2012-12-25 06:23:32 PM  
As some one with a six month old I can share. A few ones that have been tested as enjoyed by a six month old(some he liked as a three month old)

A xylophone app
Any painting app
Wikipedia/web pages in general, just grabbing an moving the screen around

Current favorite: frisky's cat fishing app for cats

/sent from "his" iPad
 
2012-12-25 06:48:47 PM  
When our child was that old (16 years ago), there was a program called BabySmash. When you hit any key, a random shape/pattern would be added to the screen. Occasionally, a picture of a baby would appear.
 
2012-12-25 07:11:34 PM  

MacWizard: When our child was that old (16 years ago), there was a program called BabySmash. When you hit any key, a random shape/pattern would be added to the screen. Occasionally, a picture of a baby would appear.


It's still out there.

I think there might be an untapped market of the same sort of parents who'd buy "Your baby can read" to translate to apps.
 
2012-12-25 07:16:10 PM  

had98c: Doesn't look like a troll to me. Our 2 year old has been able to use an IPad since about 9 months or so.

Best app would be PBS Kids (she LOVES this one, has all her favorite Sesame Street/Kids learning characters on there)
For under 1 year though - There are Fisher Price Let's Play apps that have simple counting with animals and moving colored shapes that the child can tap on and make music with. Using these apps seemed to help nicely with refining motor skills. She was able to do all sorts of motions and grab/point/manipulate objects faster using the IPad combined with normal face to face interaction.


Yup.

I wrote a "Virtual Cat Toys" app (just released it for Android) for webOS last year and I was surprised at the people who said their small children/toddlers loved it. As if to prove the point, I showed the app to my toddler niece at the family Christmas party, and she did indeed love it - heck, she did better than the adults. The evil Easter Egg (A dog jumps out at the player) I enabled in it went off on her and all she did was giggle at it and keep playing.

My nephew has downs syndrome, and uses the iPad quite well, too....kids are getting more sophisticated and it probably doesn't hurt to start them early.
 
2012-12-25 07:22:54 PM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Slashdot. 10 years ago the responses would have been funny.


UID: 636783 chiming in here and I'm not sure. What was the funny here?

also....


/my kid has been rocking the tablet since she was strong enough to hold it. it was utterly amazing how quickly she could find specific content after a short while. plus all the letters, numbers and reddit.com/r/aww makes for a damn sharp kid.
//fark anyone who says a kid shouldnt have a tab
///fark anyone who says students need tablets, however
 
2012-12-25 07:36:58 PM  
My kids are 11 and 13 and cannot function without Internet access. I think some of this early learning stuff is awesome, but I wish I had defied their cyborgenic father and limited their screen time.
 
2012-12-25 07:53:26 PM  

outtatowner: My boy has had an iPad since he was seven months old, back then he enjoyed simple games like Tabbi Animals and the like. Loved to move shapes around and make sounds on a piano, etc. plus it was a perfect travel baby music/video dispository... He is three and a half now and can do most games rated for 6+ even understands highly complex special relationships, not to mention numbers, letters and counting. Not yet reading though, even if he remembers some words that describe actions so he can get rid of pesky dialogues.

Best investment into early development on the planet. Specifically iOS devices as he translated the skills to all manner of other apple devices... Taught grandma how to use them!

Now he really likes games like cars, duckers, bejewelled and the like. Plus the read along books and interactive cartoon episodes where he helps to solve the riddles are are all the rage with him.

I wouldn't hesitate to say it pushed his cognitive development ahead by years.

/csb


Let's just wait and see if he doesn't lose his virginity in his thirties. Tis a dangerous thing for all of your son's dopamine to be from electronic devices, and not from human interaction.
 
2012-12-25 08:08:28 PM  

milsorgen: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Slashdot. 10 years ago the responses would have been funny.

UID: 636783 chiming in here and I'm not sure. What was the funny here?

also....


/my kid has been rocking the tablet since she was strong enough to hold it. it was utterly amazing how quickly she could find specific content after a short while. plus all the letters, numbers and reddit.com/r/aww makes for a damn sharp kid.
//fark anyone who says a kid shouldnt have a tab
///fark anyone who says students need tablets, however


My Slashdot UID is 4-digits. It was funny back when.
 
2012-12-25 08:30:17 PM  
I think I got my first PC when I was like... 2 or 3 years old.

At this rate you'll have kids who don't know how to use a mouse in 10 years. Ugh.

/ iPads and mobile devices are stupid.
 
2012-12-25 08:35:18 PM  

Rockstone: / iPads and mobile devices are stupid.


I'm sure your grandparents said the same thing about PCs.
 
2012-12-25 08:37:45 PM  
Trolling is for people who have nothing else to offer and have to make do with the absolute baseline. It's a sad carbon copy of a carbon copy of a carbon copy of a carbon copy of something that was funny at one time for one situation. Now?

Now it's just an internet prosthesis for a missing personality.
 
2012-12-25 08:47:21 PM  
I loved paying angry birds with the little guy at that age, he would help me aim the birds. He also like reading with me, I would read he would touch the screen to go to the next page.

The cat likes that too, but she just hits the screen with her task at random times... cats are jerks. :-)
 
2012-12-25 09:02:22 PM  

Rockstone: I think I got my first PC when I was like... 2 or 3 years old.

At this rate you'll have kids who don't know how to use a mouse in 10 years. Ugh.

/ iPads and mobile devices are stupid.


You already have 13 year old kids who don't know how to use a screwdriver, or a hammer, or a paintbrush.
 
2012-12-25 09:03:20 PM  

Cpl.D: Trolling is for people who have nothing else to offer and have to make do with the absolute baseline. It's a sad carbon copy of a carbon copy of a carbon copy of a carbon copy of something that was funny at one time for one situation. Now?

Now it's just an internet prosthesis for a missing personality.


1/10.
 
2012-12-25 09:27:01 PM  
As a parent, and as somebody who's had a fair number of developmental and perceptual psych classes, I'm really, really nervous about giving apps or other addictive, attention-monopolizing, physics-defying toys to extremely young children. I don't know that they'll be harmful, but I think the possibility is strong enough that it's irresponsible to ignore it. There are plenty of other parents volunteering their kids for what amounts to a massive impromptu field study; let's see what we learn from them in a few years.

/subby
 
2012-12-25 09:29:41 PM  
To crush your nannies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their diapers.
 
2012-12-25 09:56:50 PM  

nacker: Rockstone: / iPads and mobile devices are stupid.

I'm sure your grandparents said the same thing about PCs.


I'm sure they didn't. The iPad and the mobile device serves no useful purpose. Anything i can do with them I can do on a desktop or laptop just as easily. The PC shows an immediately useful purpose.

jso2897: You already have 13 year old kids who don't know how to use a screwdriver, or a hammer, or a paintbrush.


Oh God. Really?
 
2012-12-25 10:06:22 PM  

Rockstone: nacker: Rockstone: / iPads and mobile devices are stupid.

I'm sure your grandparents said the same thing about PCs.

I'm sure they didn't. The iPad and the mobile device serves no useful purpose. Anything i can do with them I can do on a desktop or laptop just as easily. The PC shows an immediately useful purpose.

jso2897: You already have 13 year old kids who don't know how to use a screwdriver, or a hammer, or a paintbrush.

Oh God. Really?


I'm afraid to say this is true. I have a younger sibling, and some of their friends can't even read an analog watch.
 
2012-12-25 10:11:18 PM  

had98c: Using these apps seemed to help nicely with refining motor skills. She was able to do all sorts of motions and grab/point/manipulate objects faster using the IPad combined with normal face to face interaction.


In other words, you can't tell how much they hurt her development because you don't have any reliable comparisons to make.
 
2012-12-25 10:13:32 PM  
That's not trolling, that's stupidity.

The petition to revoke the tax exempt status of the NRA is trolling


//kinda
 
2012-12-25 10:15:15 PM  
Soundtouch pro (worth the 4 bucks). a piano app. a sticker/drawing app. Dr Seuss and the boyton books (better for the littler ones than dr Seuss.
 
2012-12-25 10:51:59 PM  

Alexei Novikov: I'm afraid to say this is true. I have a younger sibling, and some of their friends can't even read an analog watch.


Computers, screw drivers, paint brushes, analog clocks, those are all things that are going to be with us for a very, very long time.
 
2012-12-25 11:02:52 PM  

Rockstone: I think I got my first PC when I was like... 2 or 3 years old.

At this rate you'll have kids who don't know how to use a mouse in 10 years. Ugh.

/ iPads and mobile devices are stupid.


In 10 years, there likely won't be mice. If there is, most 10 year olds growing up in the 80s like me didn't know how to use them and somehow 30-somethings turned out okay.
 
2012-12-25 11:04:59 PM  

jfarkinB: As a parent, and as somebody who's had a fair number of developmental and perceptual psych classes, I'm really, really nervous about giving apps or other addictive, attention-monopolizing, physics-defying toys to extremely young children. I don't know that they'll be harmful, but I think the possibility is strong enough that it's irresponsible to ignore it. There are plenty of other parents volunteering their kids for what amounts to a massive impromptu field study; let's see what we learn from them in a few years.

/subby


I love that your appeal to authority is that you took a couple undergrad psych courses in college. Not enough for a minor, mind you, but a couple.
 
2012-12-25 11:06:04 PM  
meanmutton:
In 10 years, there likely won't be mice.

Why on earth would people want to use touchscreens for everything?  Touchscreens serve a purpose but aren't going to obsolete the keyboard and mouse.
 
2012-12-25 11:07:27 PM  

Rockstone: nacker: Rockstone: / iPads and mobile devices are stupid.

I'm sure your grandparents said the same thing about PCs.

I'm sure they didn't. The iPad and the mobile device serves no useful purpose. Anything i can do with them I can do on a desktop or laptop just as easily. The PC shows an immediately useful purpose.

jso2897: You already have 13 year old kids who don't know how to use a screwdriver, or a hammer, or a paintbrush.

Oh God. Really?


How is that different than when you were 13? What, they didn't have basic shop classes when you were in middle school because everyone was already a journeyman carpenter?
 
2012-12-25 11:42:37 PM  

Krieghund: The number of childless wonders giving their opinions on that thread is crazy.

It's nice to have something stimulating to use to distract a kid that age every once in a while. Phones are handy.


yeah, not all of us can fart out a ransom baby every 12 months to keep up appearances.
 
2012-12-25 11:44:52 PM  

cretinbob: That's not trolling, that's stupidity.

The petition to revoke the tax exempt status of the NRA is trolling


//kinda


no, you're trolling
lets see, five for the nra threadjack and five for being stupid.


10/10
 
2012-12-25 11:46:52 PM  

fusillade762: If I ever have a child the only entertainment he/she will ever be allowed is porn.


that's kind of a self negating statement...

and you win the troll award.

/douchetard
 
2012-12-26 12:03:09 AM  

Haliburton Cummings: fusillade762: If I ever have a child the only entertainment he/she will ever be allowed is porn.

that's kind of a self negating statement...

and you win the troll award.

/douchetard


Coming from you I take that as a compliment.
 
2012-12-26 12:50:47 AM  

Rockstone: nacker: Rockstone: / iPads and mobile devices are stupid.

I'm sure your grandparents said the same thing about PCs.

I'm sure they didn't. The iPad and the mobile device serves no useful purpose. Anything i can do with them I can do on a desktop or laptop just as easily. The PC shows an immediately useful purpose.

jso2897: You already have 13 year old kids who don't know how to use a screwdriver, or a hammer, or a paintbrush.

Oh God. Really?


No, not really. Most of 'em know from the internet that you use screwdrivers to get hammered.

That makes them more sophisticated than I was at that age. I went through after they discontinued shop class and before they started computer classes. And we also didn't use paintbrushes in art class. Too messy for the janitors to clean up. Mostly I learned on my own time how to send myself to the ER when using tools of any kind.
 
2012-12-26 01:12:34 AM  
Whoa, a Fark link to a Slashdot discussion. That brings me back.
 
2012-12-26 03:02:55 AM  

meanmutton: In 10 years, there likely won't be mice. I


Erm, why? The Mouse is far superior to the touch screen.
When the mouse came around it did not replace the keyboard, just augment it.
 
2012-12-26 03:28:31 AM  
Confirming that touchscreens are terrible. I hate this worthless touchscreen tablet thing almost as much as QA hates space.

Two farking words: tactile input.
 
2012-12-26 03:53:10 AM  

Rockstone: At this rate you'll have kids who don't know how to use a mouse in 10 years. Ugh.


How is this a bad thing?
 
2012-12-26 04:14:40 AM  

Cpl.D: Trolling is for people who have nothing else to offer and have to make do with the absolute baseline. It's a sad carbon copy of a carbon copy of a carbon copy of a carbon copy of something that was funny at one time for one situation. Now?

Now it's just an internet prosthesis for a missing personality.


Lucky for you.
 
2012-12-26 04:50:17 AM  

halB: outtatowner: My boy has had an iPad since he was seven months old, back then he enjoyed simple games like Tabbi Animals and the like. Loved to move shapes around and make sounds on a piano, etc. plus it was a perfect travel baby music/video dispository... He is three and a half now and can do most games rated for 6+ even understands highly complex special relationships, not to mention numbers, letters and counting. Not yet reading though, even if he remembers some words that describe actions so he can get rid of pesky dialogues.

Best investment into early development on the planet. Specifically iOS devices as he translated the skills to all manner of other apple devices... Taught grandma how to use them!

Now he really likes games like cars, duckers, bejewelled and the like. Plus the read along books and interactive cartoon episodes where he helps to solve the riddles are are all the rage with him.

I wouldn't hesitate to say it pushed his cognitive development ahead by years.

/csb

Let's just wait and see if he doesn't lose his virginity in his thirties. Tis a dangerous thing for all of your son's dopamine to be from electronic devices, and not from human interaction.


0/10

*plonk*
 
2012-12-26 05:47:11 AM  

meanmutton: Rockstone: nacker: Rockstone: / iPads and mobile devices are stupid.

I'm sure your grandparents said the same thing about PCs.

I'm sure they didn't. The iPad and the mobile device serves no useful purpose. Anything i can do with them I can do on a desktop or laptop just as easily. The PC shows an immediately useful purpose.

jso2897: You already have 13 year old kids who don't know how to use a screwdriver, or a hammer, or a paintbrush.

Oh God. Really?

How is that different than when you were 13? What, they didn't have basic shop classes when you were in middle school because everyone was already a journeyman carpenter?


By the time I was thirteen, I was assisting my father when he worked summers as a handyman. Most kids had basic manual skills then. You just acquired them in the course of living.
 
2012-12-26 08:09:44 AM  
My boy is 2 and a half, has been using my Kindle Fire for almost a year. Alphabet Coloring is his favorite. There are also some good story apps. He also loves angry birds and knows how to use Netflix (the kids half).

Got him a Leappad for Festivus
 
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