My son is eight years old. He loves his iPad. He also is addicted to it. He mainly uses it for watching video and gaming.
To an outsider, it looks mostly like pleasure use. Those who know him see that it is more than that. When he comes home tired after a long day at school, the iPad is his way to wind down. It also is a way for him to play with friends. He usually isn’t very talkative but put him in front of Roblox or Minecraft, and you will see him come to life and talk constantly. Playing with friends, he will take command and lead whatever work needs to be done, even if he is playing with his adult sister. 😀
Another side effect of his iPad addiction is learning things. He knows so many things that he has picked up from YouTube videos he watches. Sure, a lot of it has to do with the games he plays, but it's not just that. He learns many facts about the world and how things work.
Most impressive, though, is his language skills. His native language is Swedish. The videos he watches are mostly in English. He understands practically everything they say. It doesn’t matter if it is in American, British, or Australian English. If you sit beside him while he watches, you will hear him translate most of what they say into Swedish, sentence by sentence. This is amazing. He is an eight-year-old in first class who has barely started learning English in school. Add to that that he has a language disorder, meaning he has struggled all his life with speaking his mother tongue.
As a parent, I can't be anything but happy and thrilled. Had he been born a decade earlier, this wouldn’t have happened.