Reporter Susan Gregory Thomas investigates high-tech toys for infants and toddlers. "Toy manufacturers maintain that high-tech features can offer benefits that the analog world can't. While most are careful to point out that their products are no substitute for standards like blocks or books (or parents), some companies argue that technology can engage young children in a more personal way than non-technology playthings. . . Many critics believe that premise discloses precisely what's wrong with electronic interactivity: it serves the toy, not the child." On-magazine.com reports more on the issue of baby toys.
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