We have earlier come across reports of half of the adults in the UK to own a tablet device though the kids too aren’t too far off, new studies have revealed. A recent survey by uSwitch.com has found that more than a quarter of kids, or 27 percent to be precise below the age of 8 now having a tablet of their own. If that sound to be too small an age to be introduced to tablet computing, here is some more food for thought: about 10 percent of kids below 2 years have had a taste of touchscreen operations. The figure goes up to 17 percent for those aged between 2-3 years to be introduced to touchscreen based operations.
Tablet devices were a big hit during the Christmas and were the most preferred gifting option during the last holiday season. Another trend that became evident was that it was the relatively cheaper Android devices that seemed to be more in favor than Apple’s iPad. With tablets increasingly becoming common in UK households, it is only but natural for the kids to be introduced to these from very early in their life. Couple that to the ease of use that the tablet devices have come to be known for and what you have is the perfect scenario for tablets to increasingly become an integral part of a kid’s growing-up process.
With tablets in their hands, kids also pose several risks if there aren’t enough parental controls in place. Take the instance of 12 percent kids reported to have made in-app purchases much before reaching the legal age of doing so. Nevertheless, what seems evident is that there is no way parents can keep their kids totally alienated from tablet devices for long. What is needed therefore is a pragmatic approach towards kids and their exposure to tablet devices.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email