I don’t have kids, so haven’t yet formed an opinion on how much technology is too much for their small souls to endure. But it’s clear from this article (and my own entirely unscientific observations) that little tykes are entirely confident and happy to use technology as a means to satisfy their whims for entertainment. Where Apps Become Child’s Play takes a look at Fisher Price’s Apple store-like research lab in East Aurora, N.Y., described in terms that sound I think unintentionally dystopian. “Instead of adults and teenagers, there are infants staring into computer screens, and parents and toddlers are passing iPads back and forth.” Brr.
But this was also interesting: the “pass-back factor,” meaning that these days iPhones and iPads have the hand-me-down factor that checkered dungarees or ill-fitting skirts had in days of old. Well, I know which I’d rather have had, even with a broken screen on the second-hand device. (For the record, I think this is quite a beautiful effect, though I do accept it might of course be totally inappropriate for small ones. As I say, I’m no parent…)
[Picture c/o Peter Werkman]