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Apple iPhone becoming new pacifier for toddlers

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Apple iPhone becoming new pacifier for toddlers
Toddlers are now calling out for their Apple iPhone by name, instead of a pacifier, when they need soothing. After all, if adults have a hard time turning off their smartphone when appropriate (been to the movies lately?), imagine how hard it is for a 1-3 year old, hypnotized by the blinking, colorful screen to give up this addiction.

Ironically, Dr. Hirsh-Pasek, a psychology professor at Temple University who specializes in early language development, sounds like she needs help herself. The Doctor told the New York Times about the iPhone that, "This is a magical phone,” she said. "I must admit I’m addicted to this phone."

About 50 years ago, when television was just coming into its own, there was a similar question about whether or not T.V. should be used as an electronic babysitter. As with the iPhone issue, the lines are drawn right in the middle as some have no problem turning over their touchscreen device to their toddler while others would never dream of doing it. Eventually, television programming was made with the education of children in mind. Shows like Sesame Street enabled these kids to get their daily television fix without realizing that they were learning something from watching the program. Perhaps some apps will be developed in the future that accomplishes the same "learning while playing" feeling.

There are some parents who feel that the Apple iPhone is an important learning tool. Jill Mikols Etesse is the mother of two daughters, aged 3 and 8. She notes that her younger daughter has a wider vocabulary and is ahead in reading and spelling when compared to where her older daughter was at the same age. For this, she gives credit to both the iPhone and iPad.The 3-year-old has learned to spell compound words through an app called Montessori Crossword, her mother said. "She uses words that I don’t use, so I know it isn’t coming from me,” Ms. Etesse said.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:49

1. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


o wow, PA post any article about the iPhone. Pretty soon they have a article on the iPhone becoming a monkey's banana.

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 01:37

2. PhoneUser (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I agree, if only they would do some REAL research they would have noticed that baby like ALL electronic stuff. My nephew doesn't care if i have an iphone or an LG he just wants to play with the phone. Most kids dont care what phone it is as long as they can have it and play with it they will be fine.................. but like always PA has been posting nothing but B*** S*** lately.

posted on 18 Oct 2010, 02:03

3. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


Remember when they used to claim cell phones caused brain tumors? People freaked when they started marketing phones to kids. Now get your two month old baby snuggled yup to it like a pillow. Beauty idea. Tumors by the age of two are the new fad. This has got to be an Apple idea. Get them hooked on product branding as young as possible.

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 07:23

4. lookitdisguy (Posts: 32; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


This is dumb as hell.. My little one loves my ipod toucn, g1, mytouch or anythig that has light on it... ALL babies do... They dont look at something and say "Ohh that's a RIM phone I dont really like that OS"

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 17:42

5. PhoneUser (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


LOLOLOLOLOL thats some funny shit........................

posted on 06 Nov 2010, 11:11

9. pinot nior parent (unregistered)


I think the newborn next to iPhone is a tad extreme to drive home the point- that yes kids are learning a lot from the educational apps!
BTW there are Apps that are educational and games: SmartyShortz etc...

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