For parents, apps claiming to be educational give us consolation as we hand our toddlers the iPad or smartphone at a restaurant to keep them occupied because at least they’re learning! In fact, app developers want us to feel consoled…so long as we fork over the requisite fee.
But what do we really know about learning and apps—particularly for young children?
Parents and educators want to do what’s best for children’s development and learning starting at birth. But in today’s world, where information can be found with a simple click of a mouse or swipe of a finger, knowing what’s best seems more confusing than ever. In fact, we’re not even sure if the very device we use to obtain information to be better parents actually harms or enhances our children’s development and learning. And asking the device only leaves us more perplexed and scared – particularly when articles suggest that screens damage children’s brains.