“Mommy? Can I play Jake on the iPad?”
I prefer the iPad to the television. There really are some very nice learning apps for TechTots, such as Wheels on the Bus and Jake’s Neverland Pirate School, based off the Disney Jr. show (YOHO!). The games are interactive and less likely to drive TechMom nutty.
But even as much excitement as the apps provide, the allure of pushing buttons is often much greater.
The majority of our iDevice time is usually spent saying, “Good job matey! You found the monkey and earned a gold dubloon. No, don’t push that button. No! <sigh> Would you like me to start the game over? Absolutely not. That’s Mommy’s app. Stop pushing that button or I’m taking the iPad away.”
With iOS 6, Apple introduced Kid Mode – ability to lock a device into an app. And the angels sang.