Only a few years ago, it may have seemed absurd to be discussing technology use for two and three year-old children. Today it is a different story. Because the use of computers and smartphones has flourished in our environment and kids are discovering the joys of YouTube at the tender ages of two, they are already exposed and well-oriented with the workings of computers (big and small).
Yet there are many benefits to using a computer at a young age that doens’t include freeing up a paret’s time while their toddler entertains himself playing nursery rhymes on the iPhone.
According to The Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting, \"Research suggests that 3 and 4-year old children exposed to computer activities that reinforce major educational objectives have greater developmental gains than children not exposed. These gains occurred in areas, such as intelligence, nonverbal skills, structural knowledge, long-term memory, manual dexterity, verbal skills, problem solving, abstraction and conceptual skills.\"
Once again what is important is parents have to be involved in training their young children to use the computer responsibly. Introduce them to educational sites that develop scholastic ability and not just gaming or cartoon sites. This will make learning much more fun and interactive for them. We recommend sites such as National Geographic Little Kids and PBS Kids for your under-fives.