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Tablets for tots

Q. Hi, Kim. My husband and I love your show. We have a 3 year old who likes to play around on our laptops and smartphones. For Christmas, we're trying to decide whether to get him a children's learning tablet, such as the LeapFrog LeapPad or the VTech InnoTab. What do you think?
- Kimberly of Huntsville, AL, listens to my national radio show on WVNN 92.5 FM

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Q. Hello, Kim. Grandma wants to give our 4- and 6-year-old kids their own iPods for Christmas. They already love playing with her iPhone and iPad. My wife and I are wondering if that's such a good idea. We've been looking at the VTech InnoTab and the LeapFrog LeapPad. Are these good learning tools?
- Tony of St. Louis, MO, listens to my national radio show on KMOX 1120 AM

A. Thanks for the great questions - and thanks for being such fans of the show. Your kids are at such cute ages. I'll bet they can hardly wait for Santa this year!

As long-time listeners, you probably know I'm not a big fan of immersing young children in technology. I believe children ages 3 to 6 should be playing with their friends outside, building snow forts and sledding down hills. Indoors, they should be playing with rubber balls, building blocks, clay and crayons.

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