HOUSTON—More and more really young kids are using iPads and other touch-screen devices and, it turns out, that might actually be a good thing.
Even toddlers are going high tech. Interactive beginner’s books come with all kinds of bells and whistles. Touch the screen and rewards such as music, pictures and animations pop up.
One early test done by a Sesame Street group has shown educational apps improved vocabulary scores a remarkable 27 percent for 5 year olds.
Angie Clinton, the mother of three boys, ages 10, 7 and 3 says her youngest son William was immediately attracted to the iPad.
“We didn’t really show him how to use the iPad he just kind of picked it up,” she said.
A thorough child development study takes up to five years and iPads are only two years old, but there is no question they are hugely popular.
A Common Sense Media Survey showed 39 percent of kids between age 2 and 4 and 52 percent of kids between 5 and 8, have used an iPad, iTouch or iPhone.
William plays about 30 minutes a day and prefers the iPad books to the old fashioned kind. Mom is already seeing benefits.
“He has definitely picked up things like his colors and shapes,” she said. “He seems to have much better hand-eye connection.”