No this is not a joke… the iPotty is a real product.

When I first came across this on Amazon I thought it was a joke! Really? Bribing your child with an iPad to use the potty? Seriously, is this what our society has come to?

While I’m not a child psychologist, I wonder if this is really a good idea? I’m certainly not a luddite, as you will know if you have been following this blog for any length of time. I’m very open to considering new technologies.

iPotty

However, what is really going on here? Will this product truly help potty train our children, or will it train our children to think they cannot function in life without a “screen” in front of them 24/7?

The answer is probably a little bit of both.

But then I started thinking, what about me? Can I function without a screen in front of me all day and all night? If I’m willing to be completely honest I will have to admit that I probably have a screen in front of me (or at least within arms reach) virtually every minute of the day.

Really, 24 hours a day? How can this be? Well, I’m not looking at a screen 24 hours a day but there is almost always [at least] one within arms reach. During the day my smartphone is either in my pocket, sitting on my desk, or in my hand. While I’m at my desk I’m using my computer… and when I go to bed at night my smartphone is sitting right next to me on the nightstand. It is my alarm clock after-all. We will not discuss the bathroom.

Crawford’s recent Why We Web post regarding who the real internet addicts are challenged me to ask myself: am I addicted too?

So Crawford, I’m going to join with you and attempt to [temporarily] detach myself from my digital chains and enjoy a good old fashioned paperback book and spend some real face-to-face time with someone who is actually in the same room as I am!

Tip: If you do purchase this for your little prodigy forget about the Elmo app… the Bible For Kids app is a much better choice. :)

Link: CTA Digital 2-in-1 iPotty with Activity Seat for iPad