It’s amazing how the iPad continues to dominate conversations at the office, dinner parties and of course in the car pool. What version do you have? Have you seen the new iPad X and so on, but my focus here is not on what variety you own if any it’s on the pure basis of need. Do your kids really need an iPad?
I am trying to be as objective as possible here and I have seen the interaction that my kids have had from the days of the iPad 1 through to our current model the iPad 3. So, final confession before I continue: I am also what is known as an Indie developer for the iPhone and iPad but I promise that I will ensure that I have my “Dad” cap firmly on here.
My first reaction would be no, kids should be kids and while they should be exposed to technology I am a firm believer in restricting or at the very least controlling that exposure. That being said I have witnessed first hand the educational and fun value that the iPad has brought into the home, I just love watching all the kids working on a puzzle together or going through their new words, spelling or working on their numeracy skills. I also believe that the gesture based interface will continue to grow and getting the kids onboard with that interface is only going to help them at school and prepare them for later life.
So, do your kids really need an iPad… they probably don’t “need” it but if you can afford one and are prepared to do the homework finding the best kid friendly applications and games then I see no reason not to get one.