A report from All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has revealed the positive impact playing with tech toys can have on a child’s development.
The report spotlights the positive role of modern technology in child’s play in both home and school settings, affirming that tech toys can be of great value if they are used to support and enhance other learning activities. It also asks the Government to take responsibility for assisting parents in understanding the criteria for selecting tech toys, and educating them on how to incorporate them constructively into child’s play at home.
The report lands as LeapFrog launches its new Android-based tablet for children, LeapFrog Epic. The launch this month illustrates how LeapFrog is trying to further support parents in making tech part of their child’s play diet. It includes parental controls which allow them to set limits on what, when and how long children can use the device.
Dr Jody Le Vos, director of the LeapFrog Learning Team, comments: “We know that children learn best when they are having fun, so tech in the early years setting, be it at home or school, should reflect this – it should be playful. Dedicated learning tablets designed for kids, for example, hold great play appeal to children and when coupled with the right educational content, it can fully engage a child and help supplement other home or classroom learning techniques.”