It can be hard for parents to watch their kids' desires for electronics outweigh their desire for other "more educational" things. As a mom of a 2-year-old, I'm growing increasingly more aware of the effects technology has on my daughter and do my best to ensure she has a healthy balance of "screen time" and non-screen time. Luckily, for parents who are concerned, there are plenty of amazing apps that spark creativity in children, ensuring that your child isn't completely shutting off their minds during screen time.
In fact, an article from Forbes notes the absurdity of the claim that children can't learn anything beneficial from playing with electronics or watching movies. While the frequency in which your child is in front of a screen is certainly something to take in to consideration, even more important is the question of what your child is consuming during screen time.
Letting your child play with apps that will stretch their imagination, teach them new skills, and show them pieces of history are definitely worth their weight in gold. And while an app about playing outside certainly can't replace the real thing, they're an amazing tool for learning— and lets be honest, keeping kids entertained on road trips.