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Screen but not heard?

June 6, 2011

Today, we had friends over who have an almost 8 year old and a 4 year old.  During the course of the afternoon, the kids asked if they could play games on my iPhone – a regular occurrence.

But after one child ended up in tears, we ended up downloading the same games onto hubby’s phone, just so that there were no more arguments.

Hubby was also having trouble getting our media centre to play videos from numerous websites whilst our friends were thereThe 8 year olds response? “Matty, just use Google!”

I tweeted about this, and Frances responded, advising that I was proving an article that has recently been in the Sydney Morning Herald, called Screen but not heard.

I am constantly amazed about kids interactions with technology, and how quickly they pick up new concepts and games – but what amazes me more is the 12 – 18 month old children in my public library that play on our PC’s, without assistance from adults.

Other than providing age appropriate games for children, what does your library provide in the way of technology for the very young, and how has it been implemented?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2011 11:19 am

    We have an award winning Tech for toddlers program. Very successful and teaches both parent and child at same time. I also use iPad downloaded with games and educational apps to reward good behaviour in our homework help club

  2. Kelly Hall permalink*
    June 9, 2011 12:20 pm

    Hey Jo
    Is the iPad yours, or does your library service provide them? I’d love to hear more about your programme!

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