We like to think children appreciate simple, beautiful toys: wooden blocks, handmade dolls, red wagons, balls and jump ropes. But what they really want is technology.
Last week the New York Times
reported on the popularity of technology-based toys. For example, last six of the nine top-selling toys for 5-7-year-olds on Amazon were technology gadgets. One California mother relates returning the Knows Your Name Dora Cell Phone for her one-year-old twin daughters because they preferred playing with her phone instead, “They know what a real cellphone is, and they don’t want a fake one.” Another mom reports trying to stave off her 6-year-old’s desire for an adult laptop (“’cause it’s cool,” her daughter reports).
The trend toward tech-based toys and young children using adult gadgets is worrisome to the American Academy of Pediatrics who advises against screen time for young children and limits for older children. One concern is that such toys and gadgets take time away from imaginative play and interacting with parents and peers.
What do you think? Are your kids asking for tech toys?
Read the full article here.