Like most mums, Ada Nicodemou has received stares from strangers in a cafe. The ones who look over the top of their lattes, flicking their eyes between hers and the iPad she’s handed to her little boy.
But the Home and Away star and mother of one isn’t bothered.
While she admits she may have used the device as a crutch in the past (“It’s the only way I could get him to eat,” she laughed), Nicodemou has come to see such technology as a parenting tool.
“Johnas is four years old and he reads,” the 39-year-old told Mamamia. “He knows his alphabet, how to count to 30, so he’s very advanced. And I have to admit, a lot of that has to do with the digital world that we’ve now embraced.”
That means allowing him limited time to interact with a variety of educational videos and games, including Play-Doh Touch Shape To Life Studio, an innovative app that allows children to scan their creations using an iPad or iPhone and bring them to life in the digital world.
The actress, who has signed on as an ambassador for the product, says it has formed an integral part of fostering her son’s creative and imaginative play - while also allowing him the tech-time he craves.
“It’s all about balance. I feel like early on I got the balance a little bit wrong. It’s hard as a parent - it’s hard not to just do what’s easy,” she said.
"So to be able to now incorporate his learning into his iPad time is fantastic because I don’t feel bad as a parent,” she added, laughing.