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At first glance, the iPotty seems like just another bulky piece of plastic that will need to be discarded once it outlives its purpose. Giving such an expensive piece of technology to a young child in the first place may be questionable, as a number of studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as many other child wellness groups suggest cutting down on screen time for little ones. Too much TV and computer interaction may contribute to obesity, attention deficits, sleeping disorders, and school difficulties.
As the AAP states on its website, “Television and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. A child’s brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.” Games and cartoons may even encourage kids to abandon activities more quickly, a situation that is certainly not optimal for potty-training. Not to mention, electronics have a pretty bad track record with bodily fluids and temper tantrums.
So, what do you think? Is the iPotty just another bandwagon for the tech set to jump onto? Is it a helpful tool for good behavior, or a waste of money? The iPotty will be available in February through CTA Digital for $40.
Via BBC News