Intel Pakistan Hosts an Interactive Session: Toddlers and Technology

Talea Zafar, Asma Aziz, Rabia Garib

Intel Pakistan, today held an interactive session with toddlers and parent bloggers to focus on how the touch-generation can benefit from technology and how it positively impacts the quality of life.

The event titled ‘Toddlers and Technology’ was held at Kidz Klub in an informative and relaxed environment with a panel of expert speakers.

Attended by media, the event focused on key topical issues around Toddlers and Technology, such as: when should children be exposed to technology and what applications are out there to assist with their development, providing the information in a fun, informative, relaxed event environment.

Reared by digitally connected parents, this new uber-connected generation is not only comfortable using touchscreen computers, but they are intuitively touching screens and flipping through apps with ease. Children are growing up as digital natives, and it is important to understand how to use technology in a positive manner. A device has the ability to be an incredibly powerful educational tool and mixing computer play with interaction re-enforces what the child is learning and makes the experience more engaging.With the increase in density of touch-enabled screens, from ATMs to tablets, mobile phones to pubic smart display kiosks, there is now a growing expectation that the screens that people use every day will respond to their touch.

In addition, touch plays a critical role in our development and our understanding of the world. Babies try to comprehend their environment through touch. When they are too young to fully manipulate objects with their hands, they put them in their mouths where touch receptors are at the highest density.

Speaking at the event, Asma Aziz, Marketing& PR Manager, Intel South Asia said, “Today’s kids are so completely at ease with navigating and flicking their way through devices to get to the latest game on a smart phone or tablet. The rapid spread of touch-screen computing devices like smartphones and tablets is creating a generation of children that we call the “Touch Generation” – and they’re heralding a new era that fundamentally changes the way we interact with computers.We are at a significant stage in the evolution of how we interact with technology. The rise of the touch generation is not only set to change the way we interact with our technology, but it is also changing the type of technology we will demand in future.”

Theevent covered a wide range of topics such as child development and technology, introducing children to technology, top apps and games for children, setting limits for children when using technology, technology in the classroom and touch/perceptual computing . The event also showcased some of the latest high tech touch devices; latest Tablets, All-in-One PCs all powered by Intel processors.