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Tots on touch screens: 5 tips for parents

2. Think through your rationale for firing up an app

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    Kristen Chase, reviews kids touchscreen applications at coolmomtech.com, plays games on an iPad with her four children, Drew, Margot, Bridget and Quinlan.
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Are you using it for education? If so, can the touch screen honestly provide something the child can't get from the "hands-on world"? Or do you just want a break? Remember that a little boredom can help toddlers learn to entertain themselves.

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