The iPad is going where no electronic tablet has ever gone, or dared to go before. Reported by BBC in this video, the iPotty is the children's training toilet that comes equipped with a sturdy, swiveling, brightly-colored stand to house an iPad, right above the action zone. Created by New York-based CTA Digital and featured at this year's CES 2013, the device is intended to provide an entertaining "incentive" for children to use the toilet. What ever happened to a hearty, "Good job!", a sparkly sticker, or the satisfaction of not being yelled at by your parents? It would seem the very last thing you would want is a child with their attention somewhere else than the very important and messy task at hand. But we want to know what you think!
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At first glance, the iPotty seems like just another bulky piece of plastic that will need to be discarded once it outlives its purpose. Giving such an expensive piece of technology to a young child in the first place may be questionable, as a number of studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as many other child wellness groups suggest cutting down on screen time for little ones. Too much TV and computer interaction may contribute to obesity, attention deficits, sleeping disorders, and school difficulties.
As the AAP states on its website, “Television and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. A child’s brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.” Games and cartoons may even encourage kids to abandon activities more quickly, a situation that is certainly not optimal for potty-training. Not to mention, electronics have a pretty bad track record with bodily fluids and temper tantrums.
So, what do you think? Is the iPotty just another bandwagon for the tech set to jump onto? Is it a helpful tool for good behavior, or a waste of money? The iPotty will be available in February through CTA Digital for $40.
Via BBC News