It seems that we have an iPad junkie within our midst. It is not I, Mr P or even Son No 1. It is in fact Son no 2, yes the 2 year old. Yip, that’s right the 2 year old.
What started as a cutesy techno habit has turned into a full blown tantrum producing habit. With cries of “iPad, iPad” and “Show you something Mummy” as he follows me around demanding it and when he has it yelling at me as he wants to show me something he is doing. Which is usually playing the same game, over and over and over again, nothing quite like repetition to make you want to bang your head against a wall is there? I have taken to hiding it during the day so he doesn’t see it, kinda like out of sight out of mind, however that doesn’t always work, “iPad mummy, mummy, mummy, IPAD MUMMY?”.
I will put my hands up to say we did encourage it at the start. As it was something to keep the boys entertained on the plane for our summer holiday. It was never intended to be an electronic babysitter or pacifier it was just another “toy” to play with. An expensive toy I do admit but at least we could choose what apps or games they were using. Nor were they annoying us every five minutes to change an app or game as they could do it themselves. Really as it is such an easy device for children to use, I am surprised Apple aren’t marketing it more to parents as the “must have present” for your child.
So back to our little junkie, what am I going to do about it? Well I think that would be a big fat zero. Nothing, in fact I would prefer him to be on the iPad then watching the telly as I can kid myself that it is more educational than the telly. We have apps installed that are teaching him his colours, counting, matching pairs etc, and of course there is always Angry Birds! Let’s face it the way technology is changing it won’t be long before most schools, including primary schools, have some sort of multi touch devices for the students to use.
My only dilemma is whether we buy myself another one, one that I can use that isn’t covered in sticky fingerprints and toddler snot and slobber..