Should Your Toddler / Kid Have An iPad?

Last Updated on July 6, 2022 by Ernest

A three-year-old is at a very fragile part of their life. With that said, ensuring they have adequate social development is of pivotal importance. This begs the question, should your toddler / kid have access to an iPad? 

A toddler or your 3-year-old can have an iPad given that you, as a parent ensure that they do not exceed over an hour of screen time and place proper parental restrictions so they aren’t able to access content that isn’t kid-friendly.

In this article, we’re going to go over the advantages of your three-year-old having an iPad/Tablet, and how you can ensure that your kid adheres to their screen time limits.

Why Your Toddler / Kid Should Have An iPad?

The iPad has multiple applications and games that can help boost a child’s language, communication, and social skills. Moreover, multiple games help improve a child’s hand-eye coordination and cognition.

Moreover, they also act as a great avenue for education. With multiple YouTube channels popping up that cater to kid-friendly educational content (more on that later), they’re a great way to get your toddler excited about learning.

According to a study by the National Library of Medicine, children as young as 2 years of age were very keen and excited about using tablets. And, with proper training and kid-friendly applications, they quickly learned and improved their cognitive skills. In essence, iPads do help toddlers improve their social and cognitive skills.

Benefits Of Owning An iPad For A Child

Now that we’ve gotten an overview of what you can do with an iPad as a child, let’s get into some of the more particular benefits you can take advantage of:

  • Educational Videos: YouTube Kids has turned into a safe haven for toddlers and children. It contains a plethora of educational content that helps teach integral concepts of mathematics and the language in a fun, kid-friendly manner.
  • Educational Games: The Apple App Store remains the de-facto standard for a library that contains thousands of high-quality games and applications. A large chunk of those games are ones that are designed specifically for children.
  • Motor Function: There are multiple other games on the App Store that aren’t meant for education, so to speak, but are meant to improve your child’s motor function and hand-eye coordination. 
  • E-Books: The iPad can house thousands of books right on its own storage. So, you can download educational books right on the tablet and let your kids read them rather than carrying tons of books at once.
  • Art and Music: Engaging a child’s creativity at a young age can help with their development. Thankfully, the iPad has applications and games that cater to both your aspiring musicians and artists. 

How Long Should My 3 Year Old Use The iPad?

Your 3-year-old should not use the iPad for more than two to three hours under strict parental supervision. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child can be engaged with a tablet as soon as they are 2 years old. 

However, you’ll see fruitful benefits of your child honing a tablet when they are at least 3 years old. Afterward, the advantages of your child using a tablet under strict supervision, of course, gradually increase as they age and develop a better motor function and are able to learn more of the resources provided to them.

But, even that screen time should be done within a particular timeframe. For instance, we do not recommend letting your child use their tablet anytime near bedtime. Instead, they should have no screen time for 2-3 hours before they sleep. This is because the blue light emitted by the screens can adversely hinder their circadian rhythm.

Guidelines To Follow When Your 3 Year Old Uses An iPad

Before you let your child use the iPad, there are a few guidelines you should follow besides just screen time. These are concocted to help ensure your child is safe on the Internet.

  • Set Up Screen Time Restrictions: You should set up a restriction for screen time on Family Sharing immediately. This helps ensure your child is locked out of your iPad as soon as they hit the maximum threshold. 
  • Install Appropriate Applications: Before you install a game or an application – ensure that it is safe for consumption for your child and is actually kid-friendly and educational. 
  • Disable In-App Purchases: There have often been times when children have spent thousands of dollars on in-app purchases. You, of course, want to avoid that. Therefore, enable Ask to Buy on your iPad to ensure any purchase goes through you first.


The iPad remains one of the most popular consumer electronics ever produced. And, children and toddlers definitely have had their fair share of the margin. With that said, tending to your child and ensuring they are using their iPad is of pivotal importance as a parent. 

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