A possibly skewed look at the pros and cons of digital ware for toddlers

KD Novelties Publisher of Personalized Children’s Books Provides the Pros and Cons of Raising a Digi-Toddler. Consumer Electronics Net, June 13, 2014.

A short and somewhat strange article ostensibly about the pros and cons of raising toddlers with an abundance of digital machines at their finger tips. The source of the article seems to be a company named KD Novelties, which has much skin in this game since the company is the publisher of what is being called personalized children’s books. These seem to be interactive books in which the child write himself or herself into the story a the hero. So everything in this article seems both worthwhile and in need of fact-checking as the source of its content is also working to get parents to buy their wares.

The article outlines pros and cons of digital ware for toddlers. Per the article, the National Association for the Education of Young Children maintains that kids who engage in plying digital gadgetry become more literate and specifically digitally more literate. What is not mentioned is whether the NAEYC is referring to toddlers specifically or rather to school age kids.

Further, the article quotes the same organization, the National Association for the Education of Young Children pointing out the downside of media immersion for young kids, namely their not being physically active and their not interacting as extensively with actual children and adults.

In short, one needs to look at this article with much skepticism, one would need to delve more deeply into the details to feel comfortable with the conclusions as outlined above, if for no other reason than the fact that the person quoted in the article is a representative of a company that has much financial skin in this game of selling parents on giving their toddlers media gadgets on their birthdays.