Parenting Resources

Toddlers & Preschoolers & Technology

Young children are becoming increasingly adept at the use of technology, including smart phones.  A study in 2010 found 58% of children ages 2 – 5 years knew how to play a computer game and 19% could use a smart phone application.  There was no difference between boys and girls in this survey.

Time spent learning to use a smart phone should be balanced with teaching life skills, so your children learn to communicate with real people, and play and explore the beauty of the real world.

The Association of Teacher and Lecturers in Ireland warned in 2014 that infants were lacking motor skills necessary to play with building blocks due to increased use of smart phones.