Parents today are now facing a big decision: whether or not to give their child a smartphone. One of the biggest deciding factors is will the phone make my child smarter? The answer is not black or white.
First of all, no matter what you think as a parent, children want smartphones. Just like for adults, smartphones are a status symbol for children at school. This is even true for young children in elementary school.
Smartphones are essentially cell phones with a full keyboard and access to the Internet. As they become more affordable and popular, with adults and children, more applications, or apps, are developed. Children and parents alike love the educational games they find, which make them increasingly popular.
Learning these devices at an early age does allow children to have access to more than 3,000 educational applications. Many are even for children between the ages of two and five. 13 of top 20 selling applications on iTunes are child oriented. Children become smarter just by learning to use these mobile devices and their applications.
Most experts agree that smartphones aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Teaching our children how to use these important tools now, may give them a leg up on their peers and their education.
However, the one downside is your child could become dependent on the smartphone and thus hinder his/her creative thought process. Parents agree across the board that the devices should be used in moderation.