“My wife and I sat down at a nice restaurant last week. Our table was right next to a larger party of four adults and two young children — both girls under the age of 7 years old or so,” Mike Elgan reports for Cult of Mac.
“Each of the girls had her own iPad, and each iPad had some high-end noise-cancellation headphones plugged in,” Elgan reports. “One girl was engrossed in a children’s movie, and the other was enjoying a series of apps designed for kids.”
Elgan reports, “Granted, this scene took place in Silicon Valley, where there’s no such thing as an inappropriate social context for consumer technology and, in fact, in the very town where Steve Wozniak lives (Los Gatos). Still, it was a remarkable scene, and one that will be repeated across the nation as the iPad phenomenon spreads.”
“Letting kids use or own iPads is controversial. Parents, teachers and others aren’t so sure about letting kids get sucked into yet another electronic diversion. Pilot programs at a few schools around the country to experiment with iPad-based learning tools are often met with criticism by parents and teachers alike,” Elgan reports. “Everybody’s asking: Are iPads healthy for children?”
Elgan reports, “I’m here to tell you: That’s the wrong question. The right question is this: Is the iPad a healthy *replacement* for TV? And I believe the answer is a resounding yes.”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dow C.” for the heads up.]