I think it's great that millenials are so comfortable in virtual worlds. It should be second nature to them, as these babies and toddlers demonstrate. My nieces LOVE playing with virtual pianos and simple games on the phone, and they navigate with surprising ease.
But still, we live in the real world, so it's just best to keep in mind that there're plenty of necessary learning experiences that cannot be acquired in the virtual world. So take your iphone with you WHEN YOU GO CAMPING! But go camping, fo sho.
My 2 and 4 yo girls play with our smart phones regularly, but it does not replace the writing with crayon on walls or building with lego's or other toys.
It is interesting to see the character recognition and "spelling" that is done with the electronic gadgets.
A smartphone (or ipod touch) is the right size for a toddler to work with in comparison with a standard keyboard and mouse (wich they also love playing with).
[citation][nom]assmar[/nom]. So take your iphone with you WHEN YOU GO CAMPING! But go camping, fo sho.[/citation]
I hope you're being sarcastic.
Taking electronics with you when you go camping (out side of a GPS which is your back up to actual maps and a compass and some other essentials) defeats the purpose of going camping.
If you can't live with out your precious electronic distractions for a few days to a week its a statement about your state of mind. And a disturbing on at that.
Yes I've got more electronic toys than i know what to do with, but when i go camping (And i go alot) none of that comes with me.
If/when I have kids they're getting lego, and as much as I resented my parents for it; no consoles for a long time, My kids will be like me, rough and tumble go out side and play in the dirt so that when they do get the electronic crap they don't be come totally reliant on it to entertain them selves.