Digital Vs Tactile Engagement in Early-Age


In the era of the omnipresent Wifi, multitasking smartphones and apps for nearly everything, we give birth and raise digital native children, who are more used to watch cartoons anytime and anywhere using mummy’s tablet then wait for a favourite show on TV and type messages to their Daddies in WhatsApp before even learning how to handwrite. Nowadays, it becomes extremely hard for parents to take the child away from the screen of their gadgets, especially when for some parents it became the only way they can keep their child occupied and satisfied. 

Why is your child so addicted to everything digital? 

Every child is excited to play on her Mum’s iPhone. The reasons are obvious. Modern technology is so user-friendly that it does not take a lot of time for a child to learn how to turn on a cartoon or play her favourite mobile game. Your kid can just simply tap with her little finger on a well-memorized visual icon to open an application and play. Using gadgets is also more interactive and fascinating. With the rise of digital graphics and animation, every game on your tablet becomes way more thrilling than a real-life activity, where you are just a mum and not a Superwoman (I know we are but Tshsh our children don’t have to know it). Finally, toddlers often become digital addictive because of their busy parents, who allow their children to play virtual games just to make them occupied and less destructing. 

Interactive tactile games in the early years instead of a digital rehab in teenage 

Although digital games and activities are easy-to-use, interactive and exciting, they are not always helpful for your child’s early development and in large doses can even be harmful. The problem is that while for a toddler it is vital to develop equally all his sense to become a well-balanced and healthy personality, playing digitally involves only seeing and hearing, excluding such essential senses as taste, smell and touch. Considering that the best option to keep away your child from his gadget is to keep him always occupied and involved in various other interesting activities, and that taste and smell goes along with nearly every baby’s activity, try to have your child engaged in more tactile games. Tactile learning is crucial for a child’s growth in physical abilities, cognitive and language skills, and even social and emotional development. Moreover, tactile activities are highly engaging and memorable and help toddlers to decrease stress and calm down while giving parents some free time and a happy, curious child.

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