Although it's easy to look up information quickly on the Internet using your iPad, there are far more reasons to incorporate one into your family outing. While you are traversing several miles of unending, wheat field landscapes, the iPad can help pass the time for your children without you speaking the infamous, "I'll turn this car around and go home" threat. This device is one that can have a variety of functions for those of all ages.iTips for Parents
1. Performance for Video - As the iPad has enough power to play virtually any HD movie in clarity, loading your device up with entertainment for the children to watch could keep them calm and collected for several hours. As they are loaded with a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, a single child could enjoy the movie in silence. However, you can purchase splitters for less than $6 each that will allow multiple children to share the audio without fighting over a single speaker.
2. Loaded with Apps - One of the beauties of using the iPad is the vast array of apps you can download for virtually any instance. Whether you are using a WiFi only version or the 4G LTE unit, you can install these apps prior to the trip. Your cellular service may charge for roaming if your children decide to try a few apps while you're on the road. There are many interesting apps that can be fun and educational for children that can exhaust a great deal of time.
3. Longevity - As the battery can hold a full charge to allow up to 10 hours of video watching, your children can be entertained for a great deal of time. However, USB charging capabilities can be purchased for the car cigarette lighter in order to prolong the fun. Some cross-country trips may take longer than 10 hours to complete and using your iPad as a diversion can help keep the children out of your hair and stress levels at a minimum.
4. Smart Technology - The ambient light sensor on an iPad can adjust how much luminescence is required for the situation. During the day, images on the iPad's surface need to be more pronounced in order to be seen. During the night, the light level can be dropped eliminating the amount of strain on the eyes of your little one. Many adults develop severe headaches when trying to watch TV in the dark - imagine how bad it could be for children.
5. WiFi Everywhere - As many locations along your way could offer free WiFi services, your children could easily connect to the Internet for additional content or browsing the web. This can help on roaming charges if you have a cellular-capable iPad and gives yourself and your children a chance to look for additional apps to try during the remaining leg of the trip.
6. Vast Array of Content - Apps, games and the Internet are just a portion of what the iPad can do for your situation. A great deal of content in the form of books can be downloaded for children of all ages. Many schools put to use the Accelerated Reader program for students, your children could keep in practice scholastically as well as on their own. Many books can be downloaded for free to help encourage your children to read while not costing you a small fortune. As the iPad can accommodate a wide scope of file types, you can download eBooks from a variety of locations such as iTunes and Amazon.
An iPad can do more for your family than merely provide entertainment. It can be a tool for virtually any purpose you can think of including tracking mileage and finding your destination through GPS if you have cellular services available. Books, MP3s and more can be played and/or viewed through the iPad offering a range of functionality that many other diversionary devices lack. Next time you plan a family trip, utilize your iPad to make the voyage easier on your sanity.
Rachel is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for www.babysitting.net. She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to rachelthomas.author @ gmail.com.
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