Parents have to make the decision to offer or restrict screen use to their youngest kids. I won’t take sides on this, as it is a decision that is made by knowing the child, the family dynamics and the risk/rewards at the moment. I believe that if young children are going to use screens, that they should be using them with an adult and they should have well-designed apps that build skills rather than simply entertain. Easier said than done. There is a lot of poor material out there. It may keep a child quiet for a time, but it isn’t teaching them anything except that if they protest loudly enough, their parents might cave.
Two app designers that I can strongly recommend are Tiny Hands and Duck Duck Moose. Both have fun apps that require a child to think and listen. Nothing happens by randomly tapping a screen. The graphics are fun but not so intense that they are overwhelming for kids with visual processing issues. Tiny Hands has apps for younger toddlers and older toddlers, and Duck Duck Moose starts out with simple games and progresses to math and reading apps.
For older toddlers and preschoolers, THUP has Monkey Preschool Explorers, Monkey Preschool Lunchbox and Monkey Math Scholastic Sunshine. All very well designed and impossible to play without paying attention. Filling the aquarium with sharks is totally fun!!
My readers may know that I like to pair screen use with a tablet stylus to build pencil grasp and control. Want A Stronger Pencil Grasp? Use a Tablet Stylus Make sure that it is a stylus that doesn’t have any metal, or your glass screen will not survive. Young children can break off the rubber tip, so they need some initial supervision and instruction. Since I highly recommend that screen time is done with an adult, that shouldn’t be a problem!