This morning, I couldn’t resist reading Don Martelli’s CNN article, 5 reasons why the iPad was made to keep parents sane.
In it, the author praises Apple for creating the ultimate digital babysitter, a device designed to make a mother and father’s life easier.
It’s not exactly a new idea. Parents have used electronic babysitters for well over 50 years. The difference between Apple’s wonder tablet and a radio/television is simple: the iPad does everything a parent could dream of, aside from paying for college.
With no rug rats of my own, I’ll refrain from criticising Martelli for shoddy parenting. I’m almost certain that an iPad and/or video game system will keep my future little ones occupied at some point, but reading this editorial took me back a month or so ago in church, where a mother handed her daughter the iPad to keep the kid quiet during the hour long mass.
What if she was reading the Bible on the iPad while in church?
Inappropriate, to say the least.
It was made worse by the fact that this child had to be a minimum of four years in age, and therefore old enough to understand the concept of sitting still and paying attention; or at the very least, pretending.
Obviously, there’s a time and place for a digital babysitter, and church is but one of those places where such a thing doesn’t belong.
Besides, what message does this send? You can’t learn right from wrong while playing Angry Birds.
That said, while Mr. Martelli’s article was enjoyable, I certainly won’t take it as gospel, so to speak.