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The American Association of Pediatrics suggests 1-2 hours of all screen time--regardless of content. The following link sites some of the effects it can have: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/children-and-tv/MY00522 Also, beginning more than 1-2 hours of screen time at age 3 makes it more difficult to limit it when they are older-as it becomes something ...


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I agree that once you get past a certain point, content is irrelevant and that 5 hours of edu games has less to do with the content and everything to do with the lack of varied activity for a 3 yr old. i think even 2 hrs at a crack is too long, and i'm a pretty big tech advocate. Now here's something that hasn't been mentioned... I'll bet that if she's ...


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I think the most important thing not to do is to choose an app for the child and then expect that they like it. If they don’t wanna use it, don’t act disappointed or even offended. I can think of a few things that you should not look for: Avoid apps that set stereotypical school-like problems (e.g. algebra), unless the child has already demonstrated that ...


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I thought I'd expand my comment into an answer: Whether or not media is considered educational is a bit of a red herring. If a kid is going to watch TV or play a game, yes, it might as well be educational, but the fact that it is educational isn't going to change whether or not it's a good idea to be doing that activity for extended periods of time. The ...


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Toddlers should not spend much time behind a screen. IMHO the use of media is far more relevant than the content of the media, particularly if the time is quite limited. The very most I would consider is an hour a day, and I would not let it be at one sitting. I've searched the web, and there's lots of info on limiting TV time and video games, but I ...


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I've never seen anybody ask how much time is too much time spent reading, drawing, putting together puzzles, or playing board games. Yet as I see it, reading on a tablet is just like reading a book whose pages can never get ripped; drawing on a tablet is like fingerpainting that my daughter can do no matter what she is wearing; playing puzzles on a tablet is ...


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The shovel while distracted might lead to shovel while distracted later in live. If the kid isn't ill or underweight just placing him with some food in front of him should let him eat himself as much or little as he wants. Our kid doesn't needs any more help with feeding, he can use a spoon and fork himself and that made him eat a lot more different foods. ...


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Gabriel Weinberg, has some good guidelines & app recommendations in his very detailed 'Toddler app user interface guidelines' aticle. Briefly: Load the app as fast possible. Move all settings out of the app. No pop-ups/notifications. Change it up/give surprises. Give multiple ways to do things. Give hints. Add delays. Give ...


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The world is changing. I think the advice on how much is too much is outdated. Screen time isn't what it used to be. I have a feeling my two year old will type his name before he writes it. I think he will learn to use a mouse or a touch screen before crayons. Even Leapfrog toys are having a hard time competing with IPads. An IPad is more engaging and ...


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I think with any media product, its important to set up some boundaries as far as usage goes. IMHO, educational games would get a little more leeway, but still should have boundaries. Its a good opportunity to set some good habits for your child, let her start to learn the importance of self governing or at least, that limits do exist. This lesson can be ...


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It would be better if your 3-year-old daughter will play with real toys like dolls or bricks more time than with iPad. She has to develop her cognitive ability, logic and knowledge about real world. So far she's been using the iPad maybe 2 to 5 hours each day. It is too much. 1 hour a day would be enough. there's lots of info on limiting TV time ...


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The most important quality is that your child likes it. If they do not like it, playing will be a chore and no kids want to do chores. I have two young children (1.5 and 3) and I occasionally let them play on my iPhone. My older girl seems to really like games that reward her. For instance, we have a Dora game that she never plays. Yet we have shape ...


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Try distracting him with something else while you feed him, something he will like. Often, when our youngest is fussy, my wife will act like she is going to give him a cookie with one hand then put the spoon in his mouth while he is distracted. She'll do this two or three times then give him a little bit of cookie. I'm not big on the tv thing for ...



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