Young Children and IPads
(The issue of crying.)
Does your child cry if they cannot use the iPad?
Does your child cry when you try to take the iPad away?
Do you feel conflicted about how long you let your child play with the iPad?
Trust your instincts! As parents we can set reasonable boundaries on screen time.
Children cry. That's OK.
Children also cry when you buckle them in a car seat or tell them it is time to leave a playdate. Sometimes chidren cry when we tell them it is bedtime. As long as we are kind and consistent, our children will understand boundaries. Let's support parents setting thoughtful tech guidelines in their homes.
Parents CAN set Limits on Screen Time. Parents CAN ensure Tech is used Safely.
But how do I deal with the crying? Parents can be empathtic and say "oh I know! It is hard to say goodbye, but the iPad is going to sleep now". Your child will be Ok. It is just another healthy limit.
Something to Consider:
When we eat too much food our stomach tells us we are full. We have no mechanism for technology that lets lets us know we are "full". It seems that everywhere we are being told "more" is "better". NACST believes children need a balance. More is not always better. Let's support each other in thoughtful tech limits.
NACST wants parents, teachers and children to know this information. We see children holding iPads up to their chests and circles of children gathered around an iPad allowing microwave radiation to penetrate through their internal organs. Pregnant women should also take special care.
What can we do?
Turn the iPad onto airplane mode. Turn the WiFi off. Then the radiation STOPS.
We encourage you to follow these simple safety instructions.
Babies prefer iPads to their mother
ABC news video.
Safe Use of iPads and Tablets
1. Airplane Mode turned ON
2. WiFi turned OFF
3. iPad placed on the table and not held in the hands or rested on the lap
4. Apps download should be done via wired connection.
If you must use WiFi, then we recommend that wireless downloading be done when children are not present. We call on Apple to make an adapter so that iPads can be 100% safely wired for Internet connections.
National Association for Children and Safe Technology
Get the FACTS about iPads
iPads emit constant bursts of radiation about every 4 Seconds
That means up to 900 times an hour.
iPads have up to 5 operational antennas emitting radiation.
The beacon signal radiation occurs even if the Internet is NOT being used.
iPads have fine print warnings recommending the user aim the cellular antennae "away from the body" to avoid exceeding FCC standards.