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iPad overload? 77% of parents polled believed that using tablets was beneficial for their children

Screen time can be bad for young children, but it’s not all terrible news for parents who rely on tablets to occupy their offspring

“I recently watched my sister perform an act of magic,” says Nick Bilton at The New York Times. Bilton was sitting in a restaurant with his sister and her two children, ages 4 and 7, and the chattering, fighting kids were keeping the older siblings from conversing. “Like a magician quieting a group of children by pulling a rabbit out of a hat, my sister reached into her purse and produced two shiny Apple iPads,” handing one to each child. The kids fell “eerily” silent for the rest of the meal.

This is hardly a unique occurrence. In restaurants, churches, and other public places all over the U.S. (and probably the developed world), harried parents pull out their tablets or smartphones for a spell of peace and quiet for them and any other adults around them. And, like Bilton’s sister, many of these parents feel “slightly guilty.” Are iPads and other magical child-quieting tablets dangerous for a child’s development?

“I did not have an answer,” Bilton writes, “and although some people might have opinions, no one has a true scientific understanding of what the future might hold for a generation raised on portable screens.” Worse, says Mat Honan at Wired, “it seems like there is simply no way of knowing.”


The American Academy of Pediatrics is unambiguous about time spent with screens. It says any at all is bad for children under a certain age…. We made an effort to follow AAP guidelines and prevent her from getting any screen time at all before she was 2. But honestly? On long flights, we’ve loaded upSesame Street on the iPad before takeoff. Parenting is hard…. And, really, is there harm in an app? In the age of the educational app, those AAP guidelines seem, well, quaint. [Wired]

Tablet manufacturers are much less conflicted than parents, of course. You can buy everything from a tablet PC made especially for toddlers to a special iPhone case designed specifically so your infant child can play with your portable touchscreen device without breaking your expensive gadget or ordering thousands of dollars worth of apps. And even some early-childhood educators aresurprisingly sanguine about tablets for tots.

Three kindergarten classes in Australia are participating in study of “the educational benefits of iPad use for pre-school children,” says Matthew Dunn at Australia’s The Standard. Specifically, they want to know if using iPad apps to create art, study creative crafts like puppetry, and read e-books can help kids prepare for school. “There have been past studies examining young children’s use of iPads and smart phone technology but this is the first to link the use with literacy and numeracy through creative applications,” says Sandra Gattenhof at the Queensland University of Technology.

If you want a “long-term double-blind study to prove an interactive smartphone app is different than a TV show,” which is probably bad for kids, well, too bad, says Wired‘s Honan. “The first generation of toddlers that played with iPhones is not even out of elementary school. A child born the day the iPhone shipped would be kindergarten age today. We are all fumbling through this new world, and nobody knows what the long-term implications are.”

Actually there has been some potentially relevant research, and it’s surprisingly hopeful for iPad-wielding parents, says the Times‘ Bilton. Assuming, of course, parents pick the right apps.


A report published last week by the Millennium Cohort Study, a long-term study group in Britain that has been following 19,000 children born in 2000 and 2001, found that those who watched more than three hours of television, videos, or DVDs a day had a higher chance of conduct problems, emotional symptoms and relationship problems by the time they were 7 than children who did not. The study, of a sample of 11,000 children, found that children who played video games — often age-appropriate games — for the same amount of time did not show any signs of negative behavioral changes by the same age. [New York Times]

But experts agree pretty unanimously that, at least at the dinner table, talking (or even drawing with crayons) is better than zoning out over an iDevice, both for developing social skills and even learning to cope with or grow from boredom.


“I have no fear that my child will only be able to form relationships with avatars,” says Wired‘s Honan. Nor, like some parents, “do I think that it’s imperative to dunk her in the digital stream from an early age” so she’ll be able to swim better as she grows. Like pretty much everything else, “there’s some sort of weird balance we have to fumble our way into finding.” But here’s a cautionary tale:


Last year, we took our daughter to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, a free concert in Golden Gate Park. We met a few other parents, who had toddlers of their own. Before the band started playing, one began throwing a tantrum. He wanted his iPod Touch, and so he got it. Then the Preservation Hall Jazz Band began to play, and all the children began to dance and laugh and play in the grass. Except for the one who sat on the blanket, staring at a screen, oblivious to all else.

Should Your 2-Year-Old Be Using an iPad?

From “Baby Touch: Peekaboo” to “Moo, Baa, La La La!,” iPad apps for babies are flooding the market. Developers say the apps are educational, and busy parents know that a digital babysitter can buy them a few minutes of valuable time. But is the iPad a healthy thing for young kids?

Apple’s iTunes now stocks more than 700 apps for children, including ones that promise to “develop hand-eye coordination and focusing skills in young babies” or teach “fine motor skills” to infants “from 0 to 2.5 years old.”

As Healthland reported on Tuesday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has advised parents — again — to eliminate screen time for children under 2, citing concerns about language delays and disrupted sleep. The academy’s new report drew on studies showing that TV, whether it’s the parent or the child watching, interferes with “talk time” between parent and child, which is crucial to language development.

Does the TV effect apply to iPads too? That’s not clear. “We just don’t have the data yet,” says Dr. Ari Brown, a pediatrician and member of the AAP.

Perhaps it depends on how you’re using it. Tablets used like a TV should fall under the same guidelines, says Tanya Altmann, a Los Angeles-based pediatrician and author of the best-selling parenting book Mommy Calls. However, she doesn’t rule out the possibility that interactive apps may have some value for toddlers. “In some ways, applications are just newer versions of the game that we used to play when we were kids — you tap the cow and it says ‘moo,’” she says.

But even apps that simulate conventional toys don’t teach children the crucial skills that come from physically engaging the world in three dimensions, says Dr. Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He points to iPad apps that replicate building blocks and Legos. “Surely we would not want that to substitute for actually getting blocks and building something,” he says. “This is not how the real world works, and babies do need to learn how the real world works.”

So, the jury’s still out on tablets for toddlers, but research suggests that educational apps may enhance the learning experience of slightly older children. A recent study funded by the Department of Education showed that the PBS Kids iPhone app “Martha Speaks” boosted 3-to-7-year-olds vocabularies by as much as 31% over the course of two weeks.

Rose Luckin, a professor of learner-centered design at the University of London, has found that tablet-type devices can actually spark the sort of social interaction central to the learning process. She found that 5- and 6-year-olds who recorded school activities on tablets and replayed them for their parents tended to learn better. “One of the key benefits of technologies such as the iPad is that they can become a focus for conversations between parents and children,” she says. “If the device is right in the middle of the family, in the kitchen, in the lap, then as a parent, you’re much more able to have those kinds of shared experiences.”

In other words, tablets might not be all bad if they generate “talk time,” rather than replace it. As with anything else, says Luckin, moderation and common sense are key. “If a child just sits all day playing on the iPad on her own, then I’m not sure she’s getting the benefits,” she says. “My argument about the value of these devices is that they can add to parental time, not take away from it.”

When parents are busy, though, the best option may simply be to turn the gadgets off, rather than letting kids use them unattended, says Altmann. “We know parents can’t be with their children 24/7,” she says. “But don’t forget that when we were kids, our moms would just give us toys to play with on the ground and say, ‘Play.’ Just give them some time to explore occasionally on their own. They don’t have to have external stimulation every second of the day.”

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Claudio Lippi ( Milan , 3 June 1945 ) is a singer , record producer and television host Italian .

“”””Allegri: “Una vittoria per Claudio Lippi. Balotelli sta maturando”

di Marco Vailati


Una grande prestazione da dedicare a Claudio Lippi, il giornalista rossonero di Milan Channel scomparso tragicamente in settimana in un incidente in moto. Questo è quello che vuole Massimiliano Allegri e così Massimiliano Allegri ha aperto la conferenza stampa pre ChievoMilan. “Ci aspetta una partita molto difficile, il Chievo sta giocando bene ed è in ottima condizione – ha affermato il tecnico toscano riferendosi alla partita in programma domani alle 18,30 a Verona -. Ci sarà da lottare fino alla fine, ci sarà da soffrire. Il Chievo ha una retroguardia solida, in avanti ha qualità per dare fastidio – ha proseguito Allegri -. Dovremo essere bravi a tenere il ritmo dei nostri avversari e dovremo far valere le nostre qualità tecniche e sarà importante non concedere il contropiede, che il Chievo sviluppa molto bene”.

Chievo-Milan è una gara insidiosa per i rossoneri, i quali tuttavia stanno andando forte e, dopo un inizio di stagione molto negativo, hanno riagganciato saldamente la zona Champions, ma Allegri non abbassa la guardia: “In questo momento siamo al terzo posto – ha commentato l’allenatore rossonero -, per mantenerlo bisogna puntare al secondo. Se abbiamo un approccio diverso, troppo conservativo, rischiamo di tenere un atteggiamento eccessivamente difensivo”. E per conquistare un posto nella più prestigiosa competizione europea è stato e sarà fondamentale Balotelli, reduce da tre gol e prestazioni da protagonista con la Nazionale. Super Mario, inoltre, sembra maturato molto soprattutto sotto l’aspetto caratteriale e Allegri non è preoccupato dal fatto che nella stagione 2008/2009, quando indossava la maglia dell’Inter, Balotelli a fine partita proprio in casa del Chievo pronunciò parole molto polemiche verso il pubblico veronese: “Credo stia migliorando sotto questo aspetto – le parole di Allegri sul carattere caldo di Super Mario Balotelli -, non ha avuto reazioni e non deve averle. Con l’indifferenza deve riuscire a zittire quelli che eventualmente saranno degli episodi brutti, che fino a questo momento ci sono stati sui campi di calcio e che piano piano vanno eliminati migliorando la cultura sportiva e l’educazione. Domani giocherà sereno e tranquillo, non deve innervosirsi”. Qualche assente, domani per il Milan, e ancora qualche dubbio per Allegri: “Zapata non l’ho convocato per via del fuso orario e poi ha perso un po’ di allenamenti – le spiegazioni dell’allenatore ex Cagliari -. Boateng ha preso un colpo a Palermo e a Firenze sarà sicuramente a disposizione, così come Pazzini. Constant ha una sindrome influenzale, mentre a centrocampo devo ancora decidere chi far giocare”.””””

Translated Into English—

Allegri: “A victory for Claudio Lippi.Balotelli is maturing “


A great performance to devote to Claudio Lippi, journalist AC Milan Milan Channel died tragically in a week in a motorcycle accident. This is what he wants Massimiliano Allegri Massimiliano Allegri and so opened the press conference pre Chievo – Milan . “We expect a very difficult game, Chievo is playing well and is in excellent condition – said the technician Tuscan referring to the game tomorrow at 18.30 in Verona -. We will have to fight until the end, we will have to suffer. Chievo have a solid rear, forward it to annoy quality – continued Allegri -. We have to be good at keeping the pace of our opponents and we rely on our technical qualities and it is important not to allow the counterattack, that Chievo develops very well. ”

Chievo-Milan is a tricky race for the Rossoneri, but these are going strong, and after a very bad start to the season, they hung up firmly the Champions League places, but Allegri does not lower his guard: “Right now we’re in third place – said the Milan coach – to keep it you have to point to the second. If we have a different approach, too conservative, we may keep an excessively defensive posture. ” And to win a place in the most prestigious European competition has been and will be a key Balotelli, back from three goals and performance leading the national team.Super Mario also seems matured a lot especially from the character and Allegri is not worried by the fact that in the 2008/2009 season, when he wore the shirt of Inter, Balotelli after the game right away to Chievo spoke words to much controversy the public from Verona: “I think he’s improving in this respect – the words of Allegri on the warm character of Super Mario Balotelli -, had no reactions and should not have them. With indifference must be able to silence those who may be ugly incidents, which up to this time there were on the football field and that will gradually be eliminated by improving the sports culture and education.Tomorrow will play calm and peaceful, must not get nervous. ” Some absent tomorrow for Milan, and still some doubt Allegri: “Zapata I have not called because of the time zone and then lost a little ‘training – explanations of coach former Cagliari -. Boateng has taken a hit in Palermo and Florence will surely be available, as well as Pazzini. Constant flu syndrome, while in midfield I have yet to decide who to play. ”


Lippi began his career as a singer in the early sixties , as a solo first and then with the group The Crusaders. In this period accounts for theBluebell some 45 laps , including what matter and there is someone for everyone. Join theater tour with Memo Remigi and appears in some of the first television programs hosted by Mike Bongiorno (in 1963 in the exhibition of dreams ) and Pippo Baudo ( Settevoci ), again as a singer or guest brilliant. Then participating as a competitor to A drive for summer 1968 .

During a brief business venture, with the creation of the label ” Disco Blue “with his brother Franco Lippi , founded the musical group The patrol blue , which is also part of Massimo Boldi . In 1972 lands to the radio , leading some programs for RAI , including the Music In. in 1974 made ​​the transition to television , where he leads the first children’s programs (Air and open Giocagiò ), then the variety do you do, Rivediamoli together for a summer evening and Arabian light , and it is the male lead in the tv series the operetta ” No, no, Nanette “along with Elisabetta Viviani .

In 1973 appears in musicarello cries … the phone . In 1975 worked as a voice actor on the animated television series Barbapapa , giving voice to all the male characters. Together with Roberta Flack and Orietta Berti also sings the famous opening theme: “Here come the Barbapapa”. In1978 works for TeleMilano , the future Channel 5 , in a one man show, tailor-made for him by the Silvio Berlusconi , Sprolippio.

In 1980 RaiUno transmits the first quiz in early evening titled Seven and a half the episodes of the quiz are led by Raimondo Vianello for the first half, while the second half see it as their conductor Claudio Lippi, who will have the chance to recur the general public. In 1984 the RAI officially leaves to go to Fininvest , for which he created the quiz Tuttinfamiglia ( 1984 ) and The Good country ( 1985 ). In the years between 1988 and 1990 makes brief return in RAI to conduct Games without frontiers . On 1 October of 1990 , with the departure of Conrad , is that he chose to present the quiz noon on Channel 5 , Lunch is served : as early as 1985 Lippi was called by Corrado for a short replacement Buona Domenica .

In 1991 , again on Channel 5, presents the third edition of Bathing Beauties , and in 1992 even Beauties on the snow . In 1992 the Lunch comes a new valley, Luana Ravegnini , which Lippi will have a long relationship. In the spring of 1992, the management decided to extend the transmission as long summer : Lippi has tried and has health problems, so it becomes the victim of a swoon in the studio. In 1993 is driving a quiz, designed by Corrado, taken from the bullfight , entitled Yes or no? . After a period of personal crisis (in a divorce) and the break with the vertices Mediaset, works for Telemontecarlo , realizing what with the House Ravegnini.

In 1996 it is proposed almost casually for the role of conductor Never Say goal with Gialappa’s Band , the flagship program of Italy 1 . Lippi has the presence to Never Say Goals in a fight betweenTeo Teocoli and Gialappa’s: Following the defection of the showman, the trio is forced to find a replacement and recruits Lippi is aired improvising. The awkward to do (not entirely unintentional) makes it a perfect target for both the comic trio for the verve of Simona Ventura and remain in the program for several years with good success. In 1998 made ​​an appearance in Paparazzi ,Christmas movie of the pair Massimo Boldi – Christian De Sica , directed by Blacks Parenti , and in the same year leads to a short period Strip the News . In 1999 he ends his relationship with Luana Ravegnini (also often present in Never Say Goal).

Later, participates in the Good Friday of Maurizio Costanzo and Lorella Cuccarini , without taking part in the season 2002 / 2003 and collaborates with other products, such as very nice, you craft?, Road making and Channel 5 story. Work with Michelle Hunziker in variety Heels. In 2002 is engaged with the know the latest? , show primetime with Natalia Estrada , a program that both will be back in 2004 .

In 2003 , during a crisis with Mediaset, returns on Rai 2 , where he leads Eureka, and participates in Sunday in the historian concurrent program of Good Friday, the collaboration will however be short and Lippi returns to commercial television. October 28, 2006 announces loudly to leave the conduct of Good Friday, after only five episodes, due to differences with the authors, in particular, the project manager Cesare Lanza , and the vertices Mediaset. Lippi has explained that it did not share the new course of the program, led by Paola Perego , too addicted to vulgarity and trash, as specified by the Milanese conductor [1] .

On 12 July 2008 he received the “Grand Prix Coral city of Alghero”, during the Grand Gala of Sport and TV in 2008. One year after the period of inactivity television, since March 2009 , leading in the field of Dahlia Dahlia TV , and since September 2010 has a permanent presence in the programs Rai Uno The test of the cook and Se … at the home of Paola . The 22 June 2010 Claudio Lippi has revealed to be a distant relative of the former coach of the Italian national team, Marcello Lippi during the program Night World, broadcast on RAI 1 during the FIFA World Cup in South Africa .

The 30 December 2010 back on TV with the game show I love Italy on Rai 2 . On 7 February 2011 is host to Morning Five on Channel 5 . In September 2011 began the recordings for the construction of a new musical album, Fly is wonderful .

From 2 to 7 January 2012 and 7 and 10 March 2012 temporarily replaces Antonella Clerici in the conduct of the test of the cook , getting good ratings. In addition, the January 6th 2012 is sent tothe test of the cook – Special Lottery.

L ‘ 8 April 2012 the new album comes out on iTunes Flying is wonderful , arranged and produced by Francesco Digilio , a tribute to the great Domenico Modugno .

In spring 2012 is part of the jury of the music program in the early evening and What This Show on Rai 1 . On 9 and 16 May 2012 leads, with Elisa Isoardi , the new variety of Rai 1 point on you .The ‘ July 11 , a guest at Unomattina Coffee , performs with the master Francesco Digilio in God how I love you . Since autumn 2012 Lippi co-leads with Antonella Clerici every Saturday Proof of cook broadcast on Rai 1 . On November 6 and December 12 2012 temporarily replaces Antonella Clerici in the conduct of the test of the cook . On 30 November 2012 during the final of the program and What This Show is dedicating to Loretta Goggi a God how I love you , accompanied by pianist and arranger Francesco Digilio .





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Apparently skirting the no campaign rule on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, candidates made their presence felt on Twitter and Facebook, which have yet to be regulated by the Commission on Elections.

In Bataan, a candidate for councilor, Jules Moncupa, posted what appeared to be his campaign material on his Facebook account and asked his Facebook friends to “share” it.

Screengrab from Facebook.

“GAME NA! … Please Share, my friends. Thanks. :-).” he posted.

In his photo, Moncupa described himself as “Kaibigan ng Bayan (everyone’s friend)” and “outstanding councilor of Bataan.” His ballot number, 16, was also placed near his name.

The photo’s time stamp on Facebook indicated it was posted at 3:14 a.m., March 29.

The campaign period for local candidates was supposed to start today but since it is a Good Friday, it can only start on March 30, Black Saturday.

Under Republic Act 7166, the campaign period may exclude the day before Election Day, the day of the election itself, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.

Comelec Resolution 9385, which lists the calendar of activities for the campaign period, also notes that campaigning on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday is prohibited.

Some national candidates merely posted Holy Week and vacation-related messages on their Twitter account while others plugged online articles where they were mentioned, such as GMA News Online’s Isyu ng Bayan matrix.

But other candidates posted rants while there were also candidates who plugged their party’s proclamation rally. Administration’s Team PNoy posted some photos of sorties and election initiatives, including the 7-11 cup program.

Screengrab from Twitter.


In a text message to GMA News Online, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said he cannot call the posts violations of election rules just as yet but he will let the Comelec law department evaluate them.

“Hindi kasi natin nire-regulate ang Facebook e. So I hesitate to call that a violation. Pwede natin ipa-evaluate sa law department namin,” he said.

“Comelec generally does not monitor Twitter and Facebook postings except in relation to campaign spending and possible vote-buying schemes,” Jimenez added.

In Resolution 9615, the poll body regulates online campaign propaganda such as pop-ups, rectangles, banners, buttons and skyscrapers except on social networking sites.

Poll chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. earlier said they will issue clearer guidelines on social networking sites during the campaign period after they checked how politicians use the platform.

“This is new, this is something innovative, itong social media. Kaya dapat titingnan muna natin, hindi pwedeng detalye agad. We will see how effective it is during the start of the campaign period,” Brillantes said. —KG, GMA News

Lock and load! Electronic Arts and DICE reveal 17 minutes of high-definition gameplay footage — and a few other details.

Battlefield 4

What do you think about Battlefield 4? Sound off in the comments.

This fall, many gamers will return to the battlefield — Battlefield 4, that is. We’ve got all the details, including preorder information and console availability.

During an event yesterday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, game maker DICE delivered a heart-pumping trailer featuring 17 minutes of Battlefield 4’s single-player action. As Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” played in the background, the montage opened with the protagonist, Recker, waking up to find himself and his outfit trapped in a Jeep that was sinking to the bottom of the ocean.

To avoid ruining the outcome, the trailer switched to a different scene where the squad experienced several instances of explosive urban combat. As the unit advanced through a jungle and into a large construction area (including the place seen in the picture above), you really got a feel for BF4’s linear storyline, combat, and user interface. I won’t ruin the trailer, but stick around and at least check out some of the harrowing moments involving hostile helicopters.

Overall, the stunning video really shows off the power of the upcoming Frostbite 3 graphics engine. If you don’t have 17 minutes to spare, check out the minute-long BF4 TV trailer.

In related news, Polygon confirmed which video game consoles get BF4; the list includes PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox 360. In a conversation with BF4’s creative director, Videogamer found out that the Wii U will not get BF4, which undoubtedly will irritate some owners of the console.

To capitalize on the massive reveal, Electronic Arts today opened the doors for BF4 pre-orders($59.99), even though the game doesn’t come out until fall. Gamers get a free premium expansion pack if they pre-order the title from various retail outlets or Origin. A special digital deluxe version offers bonus in-game items and access to the BF4 multiplayer beta.

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