by Krysh Chainani
My mother always complains that we are on the iPad every free moment we get. My friends’ parents also seem to have this problem. Let me enlighten you as to why we enjoy being on the iPad, iPhone or any digital gadgets.
1. It’s Our World
When we are on the iPad, we go into a world that is much different from the world that we live in now. In the real world, kids are restricted by their parents. There are lots of rules that have to be followed. For example, I have friends who are not allowed to climb in the playground. When we break something in the real world, we get into trouble. When we break something in the digital world, we can always rebuild or reconstruct. Also, there is no one to scold us when we break something. And we feel free, because there is no one to tell us what to do. We can break anything. We can build anything.
2. We Learn On The iPad
We learn how to do things on the iPad. We don’t have to wait for someone to teach us. With the iPad we switch on the internet and learn how to construct and learn on our own. For example, my sister and I watched YouTube videos on how to do Rainbow Looms. YouTube videos are usually 5 to 10 minutes long. It is much faster than asking adults how to do things.
3. Watch Videos Anytime We Want
We (kids) like to watch TV. If it is not available on TV, we can go onto YouTube or Watch Disney Jr. App to watch our favorite movies or shows over and over again. Sometimes we watch videos for entertainment like the ASDF movie – it is ridiculously funny!
I also use the iPad to watch videos that teach me how to combine two Hero Factory figurines to make one gigantic one.
4. We Organize Ourselves
My sister uses the iPad when she plays with her friends. She uses the ‘NOTES’ app to type clues when she and her friends play ‘Spy Games’. She also uses it for all her reminders /alarms to organize herself, rather than buying several alarm clocks and writing her schedule.
5. We Socialize With Our Friends
On the iPad, you already know that we go into a different world but sometimes we get bored of playing alone, so we use multiplayer to be able to play with other people be it locally or internationally. This allows us to get to know other people as well as play our favorite games at the same time. Some of these games include ‘MINECRAFT’, ‘TERRARIA’, ‘GROWTOPIA’ and ‘WORLD OF TANKS’ ETC. In these games we build, mine, create, bond, and invent together.
I hope this helps you understand why we like to use digital gadgets all the time. Now, if you will excuse us, we have a digital play date to get to.
Editor’s Note: This post is written by my 10-year-old son Krysh with contributions from his 8-year-old sister, Kyana. I offered some minor directions and editing on sentence structures. These are largely their own words and the opinions expressed are their own. Please leave constructive feedback or positive comments to encourage them to continue writing and expressing their viewpoints. We appreciate your support.
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