The Curse of the iPad

The Curse of the iPad

Every morning in our house its the same old battle to get my son off his iPad as we try to get out the door to do the school run.  Why is it that he is so addicted to a small electronic object?  “Why not just keep it from him or stop him going on it in the mornings?” I hear you say.  It’s not that easy.  No matter where I hide, he finds it.  No matter how many times I tell him not to go on it or threaten to confiscate it, he disappears (usually to the downstairs loo!) and is on it.  I wouldn’t mind so much if he was doing something useful with it, but the majority of the time he’s not.  He’s watching other people playing games – where’s the enjoyment in that?!   Don’t get me wrong, there are times when it is a godsend, but not in the morning.

I’m amazed at times, when he comes out with an obscure fact or quote, and its down to something he’s seen on youtube or read on the internet.  It can be a great educational tool and it can be a great way to pass the time away on long journeys.  I just wish it wasn’t so addictive for him.  I know I’m not the only mum that feels this way.  There have been studies to show how addictive iPads and tablets can be as well as how useful it can be from an educational point of view.  I was astounded to read that one in three toddlers can use an iPad/tablet before they can even talk!

We have rules on when it is appropriate to use these devices, my older daughter adheres to them, electronic devices don’t seem to have the same draw for her, so why is it so different for my son?  He has a phone, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue, he rarely uses it.

Is there a way to strike a balance?  I haven’t found it yet, but I’m open to suggestions.  All I want is to get out of the door on time in the morning without a big argument.

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