iPad, The New Babysitter

Originally marketed as a sophisticated e-reader and multimedia toy for adults, Apple’s iPad is finding its true calling as a pricey diversion for cranky, restless tots, reports The New York Post.

I’ve been out to dinner several times recently where I noticed parents at nearby tables who had kids with iPads,” says Brooklyn blogger Erica Reitman. “Those little suckers did not make a peep all night. As far as I’m concerned, I’d like to ensure every child within the borders of Park Slope gets their own iPad, pronto!”

With 30,000 apps and a simple touch-screen interface that even a 2-year-old can figure out, the iPad seems tailor-made to entertain and educate New York’s youngest generation, which, after all, will be growing up in a world dominated by mobile and touch-screen technology.

One market-research firm, Gartner, predicts 50 percent of computer sales for kids 15 and under will be touch screen by 2015 – as opposed to the 2 percent they accounted for in 2009.

Computer World magazine has nominated the gadget as children’s toy of the year. “I believe that in the under-12 market, the iPad will dominate without any real competition and will completely change children’s culture,” wrote Mike Elgan.

Photo by NY Post.

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