As we all embrace technology more and more in our lives, kids are learning to do the same. Of course, some parents are keen to introduce technology as early as possible into their children’s lives, and parents who would rather delay or limit the use of electronic devices. Whatever your personal philosophy around the role of technology in your child’s life, this article is for you.
Kids have innate creativity that offers plenty of emotional, emotional, intellectual, and even health benefits. Creativity also helps children be more confident and learn better. From an early age, children are exploring their ability to create and communicate using various media: paints, crayons, markers, and other art materials. But drawing or coloring can be messy. While at home, day-care, or school, kids can mess around with materials; when out and about, things can get complicated. Quiet, lightweight, portable, and durable, LCD writing tablets can be taken anywhere: on long car drives or flights, at restaurants, in waiting rooms, even when visiting friends or family, and we don’t want our child to spend too much time in front of the TV.
With so many doodle pads and drawing pads for kids that you can find today, how do you know which ones are safe for your child? This article is a guide for the aspects to look for while choosing a tablet for your toddler or older child.
How to evaluate if a drawing tablet is safe for young children?
The most important aspect is that the tablet has a screw securing the button battery in place, preventing a child from getting to it and swallowing it. No matter how affordable or packed with features a writing tablet for kids is if the battery compartment is not sealed by a screw, stay away.
2. Internet Connection and Phone Call Functionality
Is there a link between the Internet and electromagnetic radiation?
Many tablets that are designed for kids can connect to a network. And anything that connects wirelessly is a source of electromagnetic radiation (EMF). They emit the same kind of EMF as cell phones or laptops. Tablets that use only Bluetooth or WiFi indeed emit much less EMF than cell phones. However, the volume they emit is enough to initiate adverse health issues, especially in children. Another aspect to keep in mind is that some “calling tablets” or the iPad use a cellular network to connect to the internet or make calls. For these tablets, the level of EMF exposure will be like that of a cell phone user.
The possible health effects of EMF include insomnia, brain tumours, mental health issues, immune system deficiency, and even cancer. According to a team of researchers from the American Academy of Pediatrics led by Dr. Leif Kheifets, children are more vulnerable to health risks from EMF radiation than adults for several reasons:
The research is still in the beginning, and an established cause-effect relationship is absent while the scientific findings are not robustly quantifiable. Therefore, until we learn more, it is best to take a precautionary approach regarding exposing children to EMF radiation generated by tablets that connect to the internet and have phone call functionality.
3. Blue Light Exposure
Is all blue light bad for you?
The largest source of blue light is sunlight. Other artificial sources are computer monitors, smartphones, and tablet screens. Blue light exposure received from screens is small compared to the amount of exposure from the sun. And yet, there is concern over the long-term effects of screen exposure because of the close proximity of the screens and the length of time children spend looking at them. According to a recent NEI-funded study, children’s eyes absorb more blue light than adults from digital device screens.
Natural blue light is essential for maintaining good health:
The effect artificial blue light has on sleep and eyes
Almost all visible blue light passes through the cornea and lens and reaches the retina. This light may affect vision and could prematurely age the eyes. Early research shows that too much exposure to blue light could lead to:
It may be challenging to set a technology curfew to combat the effects of blue light exposure before bed or to limit the screen time during the day, especially with young children who do not always respond to reasoning.
So which LCD writing tablet should you buy for your child?
Considering all the above, one may think that it would be complicated to find a drawing pad for kids that is both safe and affordable. Do not worry! Sensory Stand has got you covered. We have done all the research for you and selected the best drawing tablets for beginners. They do not generate blue light or EMF radiation and have a built-in sealed battery.From 8.5 and 12 inch writing tablets for kids to cartoon animals doodle pads for toddlers, our tablets have been designed with children in mind. Having read this article, you can now make an informed purchase.