Mobile Screens Bad for Toddlers?

Technology is growing at a rapid rate, and the generation after us is getting engulfed in it at an early age. But exactly how much of an early age and is it safe for early exposure?

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends that a 2 year old should not be near or use mobile screens and the television. This is all based on their findings that children weren’t learning much when exposed to the television back in 1999.

With screen timeout settings, parents can monitor how long their children use the devices, but some like AAP aren’t convinced. A child’s mind stimulates more when playing in the sandbox or building blocks. Real life problem solving is done whereas on a mobile screen, you’re fixated on one screen interactions. Also, family time is taken away because they are focused on the mobile screen rather than what everyone is doing around them. “Seattle pediatrician Dr. Dimitri Christakis, who helped write the no-screens-under-2 warning the AAP reaffirmed in 2011, now says it’s OK for toddlers to spend up to an hour a day with smartphones and tablets.”

Until research has more profound findings of negative effects of technology on toddlers, it’s safe to say that a couple hours couldn’t hurt your young one from using mobile screens. On the bright side, it buys you that 30 to 60 minutes of time to relax or focus on house chores.



Source: CNET



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