There is a lot of talk these days about children being exposed to too much technology. There have been ad campaigns showing babies coming out of the womb knowing how to work an iPhone. I don’t think it is that bad, but I do know that most 1 year olds know how to unlock one. It is hard not to allow them to play with your smart phone or iPad especially when you need 10 minutes to yourself or if you would really like to enjoy a conversation without being interrupted. However, it is not a baby sitter, and I try to be a responsible parent, allowing Angel to play limited amount of time. I have also found that it can be an incentive for good behavior. There are times though that she gets to play with it wayyyyy more than I would like and I have come up with a list of the top 5 ways to know when your toddler or pre Ker has taken over your smart phone.
1. You go to your photo album and there are 64 pictures of a poptart, 37 pictures of feet, 8 pictures of something you can’t make out but you are praying it is not something the dog has left behind and 1 video of you trying to get the phone away from your child.
2. You have more apps of children’s games than you do apps for yourself AND you have no more storage for your necessary apps, like an app for your credit card, banking or fitpal because your phone is filled with princess apps and pictures of feet!
3. When you go to the gym and you open up Pandora expecting some hard core techno to get your work out on and The Wiggles start singing “Hot Potato Hot Potato”. I have learned to make sure my head phones are in before I open it because it is extremely embarrassing for everyone to be trying to find who the idiot is that is playing The Wiggles at the gym!
4. Random text messages like hnajufghdoiahygfdnbbbbbbbjjzzzzfheuwhte wahgtjfkerwhgt have been sent to your boss or posted on your or FaceBook page.
5. Finally, you know your kid has been spending way too much time on your device when you ask them if they can figure out what is wrong with it!