I have a 3yo DS. We allow him to each TV at home and don't limit it that much. He's out for most of each day anyway. He never uses an iPad although DH is going to set some time each week to show him how to use one because we don't want him to start school without being on top of that.
My issue is iPads at social events. We recently attended a small gathering with friends. There were about 6 other kids around DS' age and a bit older. At that stage he was an only child and was really excited about seeing his friends. When we got there the other kids spent the whole time sitting in a line playing iPads. The whole time. DS started trying to talk to them and then started attention seeking behaviour. The other kids asked us to take him away so they could play their games. I felt really bad for my DS.
Is this usual for kids aged 4-7? I'm not exactly judging the other parents for bringing iPads to an event where there's lots of kids, but at the same time I don't really want my kids playing on an iPad at social occasions when other kids are there. If it's going to be like that one, though, I really don't see any other choice or he's going to be left out.
I guess I'm just disappointed. Where's the social interaction?