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4946 clicks; posted to Geek » on 25 Dec 2012 at 5:09 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-12-25 04:38:14 PM  
3 votes:
How do you download apps to a six-month-old?
2012-12-26 10:35:03 AM  
1 vote:

mesmer242: meanmutton: 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.


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.

Uh, really? That's your criticism of subby? The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends zero screen time for kids under age 2. That means no TV, no computers, no apps. Almost nobody follows that instruction (including my family) but it's reckless to say that the experts in the field of pediatrics and child development are wrong on this just because you don't like the guideline. If you've got some research that proves them wrong, then feel free to share it.

Your appeal to authority is the American Academy of Pediatrics? Remember, the AAoP are the same people who say vaccination is good for your kids! That should tell you everything you need to know about their agenda. Have they done any research proving that screen time is harmful? I doubt it. And if they're asserting that screen time is less beneficial than interaction with a human, it's probably because they did not use high-quality apps or high-quality hardware, like the iPad mini. When I upgraded to the iPad 2, I gave my now-obsolete iPad to my son, who was then five months old. He was able to read by his second birthday. Is that insanely great or what?
2012-12-25 09:03:20 PM  
1 vote:

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.

2012-12-25 06:23:32 PM  
1 vote:
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 06:20:38 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:35:53 PM  
1 vote:
If I ever have a child the only entertainment he/she will ever be allowed is porn.
2012-12-25 05:32:29 PM  
1 vote:
Whatever happened to "park the kid in front of the teevee"? Earlier generations knew how to zombify their kids with less effort.
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