After watching (and clicking), the children were sent into the actual room to locate the puppets.Children who had watched the play on video hunted through the room on a trial-and-error basis."There's never been a better time to be a teacher," he says, "or a curious kid." For a child, technology plays many roles: teacher, babysitter, playmate and pacifier.
An experiment at Georgetown University divided children between the ages of 30 and 36 months into three groups.
Each group got a different version of a nearly identical hide-and-seek puppet show: One was live, another was taped and shown on video, and another appeared on a computer screen where kids could push a space bar to find out where the puppets were hiding.
Cue the viral video of the 1-year-old girl trying to "swipe" her way through a copy of .
(Title of the video: "A Magazine Is an i Pad That Does Not Work.") That little girl is not alone: Nine out of ten parents with children under 2 years old report that their kids use some form of electronic media.
"Another similar word is 'engagement.'" It's a thin line that separates the two, and considering the way the world is headed, should we be limiting our children's possibilities?