"Preschoolers better at navigating iPad than tying their shoes"

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 23, 2011

Inside iPad: “Hand a two-year-old child a shoe and he will probably end up throwing it. Hand him an iPad, however, and he’ll navigate through it to find his favorite app in no time. According to a new survey from security software maker AVG, kids can grasp new tech skills long before they even learn how to do normal kid things, such as swimming or tying their shoelaces. AVG surveyed 2,200 parents with children between the ages of two and five in the US, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Nineteen percent said their kids know how to access a smartphone application (and it’s not just the older kids either—17 percent of 2- to 3-year-olds did as well). Another 58 percent can play a computer game, and a quarter of kids can open and operate a Web browser. By comparison, only nine percent of kids between 2 and 5 can tie their shoelaces, 20 percent can swim without help, and 43 percent can ride a bike.”

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