Saturday 1 October 2016

Alesha Dixon reveals concerns over daughter's screen time

Published 21/02/2016 | 14:46

Alesha Dixon said her two-year-old daughter can already use an iPad
Alesha Dixon said her two-year-old daughter can already use an iPad

Alesha Dixon has admitted she worries about how much screen time to give her young daughter.

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The Britain's Got Talent judge said two-year-old Azura can already use an iPad, adding that the matter is often the subject of debate at home.

The mother-of-one told the Sunday Express S magazine she tries to find a balance, and credited the tablet device with helping her daughter to learn.

She said: "You want to make sure that you give them a bit of television time, but make sure they're not addicted to it."

She added: "We have these debates in my house all the time. On the one hand, you think 'Is she too young for an iPad?' and on the other hand, when she's learning all her different vegetables, or the alphabet, or numbers or colours, she's so smart.

"She now knows all her numbers and I do think the visual of the iPad has helped. We obviously sit and teach her as well, but the two things combined together have been really good."

The 37-year-old said she is looking forward to sitting down with Azura to watch her favourite Disney show Doc McStuffins, in which she is the voice of one of the characters.

She described the show's central character as a role model for younger children and said she was happy to venture into the world of voiceover work.

Dixon, who sits alongside Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Simon Cowell on the Britain's Got Talent judging panel, said she believes the show has not enjoyed more s uccess at the National Television Awards because it is on "at the wrong time of the year".

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