Children today seem to know how to use tablets better than us – accessing their games and their favourite shows.
But according to reports, Prince George and Princess Charlotte aren’t following in the footsteps of their tech-savvy peers, because Prince William and Kate have reportedly banned the pair from playing with iPads at home.
A source close to the couple made the claims to US Weekly magazine, saying: ‘They’re very much seen as Mummy and Daddy’s toys, not for children.’
‘As two people who grew up without gadgets for entertainment themselves, William and Kate are firm believers in toys, outdoor play and encouraging an active imagination.’
The news that George, who has just tuned four and Charlotte, two, won’t be growing up with this technology may work in their favour, however.
Two years ago, child psychologists claimed that using iPads and smart phones could stunt children’s emotional development.
The research, from Boston University School of Medicine in the US found that children were using iPads to distract themselves from their real feelings.
It’s rare that we get an insight into the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s approach to parenting, although they have made it clear in the past that they want their children to be unafraid of expressing their emotions throughout their childhoods.
‘Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings,’ Prince William revealed during an interview with CALMzine, the publication for mental health organization CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), earlier this year.
‘Over the past year we have visited a number of schools together where we have been amazed listening to children talk about some quite difficult subjects in a really clear and emotionally articulate way — something most adults would struggle with.’
‘For too long there has been a taboo about talking about some important issues. If you were anxious, it’s because you were weak. If you couldn’t cope with whatever life threw at you, it’s because you were failing,.’
‘Successful, strong people don’t suffer like that, do they? But of course – we all do. It’s just that few of us speak about it.’