Christmas controversy: Are iPads bad for kids?


When my son was less than a year old, he began crying one afternoon and would not stop. He’d been fed; his diaper was clean. Try as I might, I couldn’t discern the source of his stress—nor could I get him to pipe down.

So I took my brand new iPhone 3G, turned it on, and put it in his stroller with him. Complete silence ensued. It was glorious.

It also might’ve been a moment of truly awful parenting.

With Christmas on the way, and the iPad selling like proverbial hotcakes, controversy has sprung up over whether children should be giving the electronic tablets to their children as gifts. A focal point of the debate: Fisher-Price’s $ 80 Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat for iPad, which displays the iPad right in front of a very young (and mostly immobile) child.

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