2-year-old uses iPad "perfectly"

2-year-old uses iPad "perfectly"YouTube user mikewilsonmusic has posted a video of his 2-year-old son playing with an iPad 2. And when I say “playing with” I don’t mean “dribbling all over” or “attempting to eat”; the little guy seems to know exactly what he’s doing. Indeed, the video is titled: "Baby Works iPad Perfectly".

Mike explains: “My son Bridger just turned 2 last week and I bought him an iPad, mostly an excuse for me to get one and he actually can use it perfectly.”

The video lasts just under four minutes and shows Bridger carrying out various tasks. First he draws a picture, changing the background to blue and applying a dinosaur sticker before scribbling all over it.

Bridger then opens a movie, using the touchscreen to skip ahead to his favourite part (the bit with the monkey).

The iPad has received bucketloads of praise for its educational value, and has been shown to facilitate communication and development in autistic children.

Mike adds: “His speech, understanding, word recognition, and even hand eye coordination have improved within just a short while!! I am so amazed and thankful for this amazing learning tool that my son has!

“I wanna say thanks to Apple and all those that have given my child such a head start in life with this amazing instrument! My son can read tons of words now, he knows every animal and dinosaur and he just turned 2 years old!!!! If you have a child around 2, don't rob him/her of knowledge, go buy him/her an iPad!”

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 21, 2011 at 16:24

You know what that means, right?
Millions of adults are drooling over a toddlers' toy :p
Now I want a 'tube clip showing Jobs change a diaper (_;)

VashTheStampede  Mar. 21, 2011 at 17:34

I'm not surprised by this in the slightest. Apple fans have an average mental age of 2. why do you think they're reffered to as fisher price toys in the IT industry?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 21, 2011 at 18:43

ouch :p
Seriously though, I'm not sure it is such a good toy for toddlers who at that age should develop motor skill, hand-eye coordination etc etc. Hand-eye: no matter how 3D-ish the pics on a screen, the eye is looking at a 2D oject 'emulating' depth. The eyes are not really looking further than the iPad (or TV screen etc). Studies in the 70s have shown that because of that fixed-ness in space, the effect of television is so hypnotic. It's like a pendulum in hypnosis - left right left right... no depth.
And size and weight aside, what could require less motor skills than a slab?

Tell ya: a box of Lego bricks, and that kid will move on to better things.
Not to be a Luddite, but I think the current trend to explain how oh so great our adult toys are for kids, is just a way of justifying how much time and resources we waste on objects - rather than spend time with real people. (did I mention my cat's been screaming for food for half an hour?)

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