2 month old baby interacts with iPad app

The father of Liana Vilanova is truly amazed by the digital acumen displayed by this 2 month old girl after she interacted with an iPad application. Today, children amaze their parents when they interact with applications on these iPads, and get to watch videos from YouTube and other sites. These devices hold an interesting appeal to children who scream and squeal when the devices are turned off.

Another mother, Beth Brooks, also introduced her son Alex to the iPad when he was only 10 days old. She didn’t seem to think that it would hurt him, so she let him have a try, and he liked it. There is no data available on the effect of the iPad on children given that it has not been on the market for long.

The question about the effect of the device on the development of children has yet to be answered. A family in Whitehouse Station, N.J., has children aged 9, 7, and 4, who are adept at using iPhone and iPad applications. They use the devices to distract the children when they need them to settle down, for example, when they go out to eat. ABC news pondered how the children would react if they were denied these devices for 30 days.

After a while, the children started playing with imaginary iPads, and started squabbling amongst themselves. To test this further, Bernard’s College invited “Nightline” to observe the reaction of children as they played with their iPads, and gauge this against their reaction when they were given traditional toys.

In order to test the distractibility of the children, the researchers called out to them, and noticed that those playing with iPads did not respond since they were too engrossed in what they were doing. Only one child, named Viv was able to respond to the researchers’ calls, since she was not totally engrossed in the device. While creating her own make-believe world, she was able to talk coherently with the researchers.

These results made the researchers believe that they could make the children more social, talkative, and attentive by simply confiscating the iPads. The Director of Bernard’s Toddler Center, Tovak Klein, who is an expert in the social and emotional development of toddlers, said that the children’s vocabulary increased when the iPads were taken away, and they interacted better with one another. The children were also much more attentive in the absence of the iPads.