Upgrade your baby through software

Have we really gotten to a point where we're incapable of raising children without computer assistance? Because if that's the case, we might as well surrender to our robot overlords right now and get it over with.

I can't think of any other way to react to the news that there's a new program called Giggles Computer Funtime for Baby designed specifically for children as young as six months old. Each of the two versions of the software features fourteen different games relating to shapes or animals.

That's great and all, but six months old? Have we lost all reason? Whatever happened to letting babies explore the physical world around them and being stimulated not only by images but by touch and smell? Or are we so desperate to raise geniuses that we have to get our kids on the keyboards with prefab activities as soon as possible?

I'm hardly a Luddite when it comes to kids and computers; my son got his first computer when he was about two and a half. But that was because he became curious about computers on his own, and his random mashing of keys on my computer nearly wiped out a lot of work. But I thought VTech's V.Smile Baby Infant Development System, aimed at kids as young as nine months, was pushing it. But six months?

People, please. I'm begging you. Stop.

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