My daughter is about to turn 18 months in a few days and different to how her mom and I were brought up, she has been immersed in technology from day one. The first time I shared a picture of her was when I predicted that a female blogger was born on my blog. Given that mom and dad run an IT Consulting Firm, does not help the fact that gadgets are laying around which are used for work but our daughter can find a way to play with them.
When it comes to technology our daughter interacts with technology mainly via IOS apps.
IOS Apps ( iPad & iPhone )
Now that my daughter is able to talk she requests her favorite apps on the iPad by name such as Toy Story Read-Along, Wood Puzzle, Curious George at the Zoo, GarageBand and lately the Elmo Loves ABCs app.
She really enjoys apps that have music or music videos.
Since our daughter enjoys Music, I tend to find Music Videos that play music in all genres and appropriate for her. I also recommend that if you’re a stay at home dad (parent) like me, it might be a good idea to have more than one monitor (It helps with productivity). Overall her favorite videos come from our friend Payasa Agapita. Agapita is a bilingual clown who primarily creates videos in Spanish (great if you want kids to learn Spanish).
Here is her latest video including her clown pals Che-Che and Potoco with some really cute dogs.
Since our daughter is still developing in all areas (language, physical, sensory skills) we keep her immersed with technology but thankfully we have a balance keeping her busy doing manual things. As much as she enjoys watching videos online and playing her favorite iPad apps, she also enjoys going outside smelling Basil in our garden, playing with rice, water, reading, painting, and searching for the moon at night.
What technologies do your kids like and interact with?
What restrictions do you put upon them?