Jonathan Maitland addressed this question in the Tonight programme ‘Too young for technology?’. So, how young is too young?
How young is too young for technology? Is there really a problem with toddlers playing with tablets? After all, if books really are becoming antiquated in the classroom, surely the younger children start with technology the better?
"Digital literacy is as important as reading and writing".
Ultimately, being a determined user of print, I don’t know if I necessarily agree with the above. There is certainly something strange about watching a young child swipe through apps as if they’ve been born with an iPad in hand. However, maybe that’s simply because it’s a relatively new sight to see.
Last week, Jonathan Maitland contributed to this debate in his ITV Tonight programme ‘‘Too young for technology?’. In the programme it was revealed that, by the time they start school, 70 per cent of children are already confident in using a laptop, tablet or smart phone.
In a survey conducted by the Tonight programme, it was revealed that 47 per cent of parents think it's important for a child to be familiar with technology before school, while 17 per cent of children under three actually own their own smart phone or tablet.
I strongly believe that children under 10 should go out and play! I use technology in my classes but up to a certain extent. I encourage my students to read books because IT technology will never replace a good book. To me, reading and writing is much more important than digital literacy.