When Christopher was a little tot, my mum gave me some strict warnings:
"No TV until he is much older...."
"Let them love their books first...."
"No PC. Why need to introduce them to PC?"
"Look at the handphone screen, spoil eyes...."
"Teach them to read first...."
So, I sort of gave in.
But as the months rolled by, I noticed alot of kids below 2 are into technological games these days. And they do learn quite a lot from these interactive softwares. Also alot of music and nursery ryhmes can be accessed free from the internet as well.
In fact by 2+, most kids already know how to use the mouse, the back key, replay and even choose the music sites that they want to see.
My colleague's son learns spelling through the Google Search too. Since he wants to see pictures of a certain object, he better learn to spell the word!
As of now, my son just slams on the keyboard whenever my laptop is open. But he has a great interest to sit with me when my laptop is on. Mainly coz he is amazed by action-reactions now. Not so much my reaction but the reaction from the laptop when he clicks on a certain thing.
The same with the remote control. When he presses a certain button and the screen changes colour, he can tell me which button he has pressed.
I remember someone saying, we have to keep up with the times. As in keeping with the times of toys the younger generation play. We cannot impose our kind of games on them.
You know you can imagine play tennis with the TV !
Which makes me wonder....
Is technology really so bad for a kid below 2?
Maybe it will teach him patience - as in how to use the laptop. And yet capture his attention since there will always be a reaction not dependent on mummy!
But I must say, he does flip through alot of his books now....considering he only has that to entertain him!
What do you think?