David Pogue, the New York Times’ tech columnist, has been doing a lot of thinking lately. His 6-year-old son, he says, is addicted to the iPad. But rather than automatically whisking it away from him, he has other ideas.

“Is a gadget automatically bad for our children just because it’s electronic? What if it’s fostering a love of music, an affinity for theater and expertise in strategy and problem-solving? Is it a bad thing for a kid to be so much in love with mental exercises? Am I really being a good parent by yanking THAT away?
For now, I’m trying to live by the mantra, “Moderation in all things.” As long as iPad use is part of a balanced diet of more physical play and non-electronic activities, I think my little guy will probably be O.K.”

The comments from readers range from: “Who in their right mind gives a 6-year-old an iPad?” to “All the ideas and skills he’s learning right now can be applied to bigger and better things.”

I’m with Pogue.

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  • Confused and Concerned

    This is a point that I have been attempting to make logical to my family ever since I started playing video games. I don’t sit and play for hours upon hours, but it’s a nice way to get my brain juices flowing while having fun at the same time. I am currently living with my parents, and while they chastise me for playing games when I have work to do, I find that a little game-playing frees up my brain and allows me to do my wok in a more efficient and less stressful manner. And, to be honest, is playing a game like the Legend of Zelda where you actually have to think worse than sitting in front of the boob tube just passively absorbing what happens to show up on the screen?

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