Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
  1. Best Camera Drone Under $100
    08:43 Deals

    Best camera drone under $100 gets a rare extra discount at Amazon

  2. Amazon Deals
    09:57 Deals

    Today’s top deals: Exclusive deals for Prime members only, $6 car detailing tool, $2…

  3. Best smart plugs for Alexa
    10:38 Deals

    Best smart plugs for Alexa: Kasa smart plugs hit Amazon’s lowest price

  4. Best Car Detailing Products
    14:14 Deals

    The best car detailing product is a $5.59 tool on Amazon that pros don’t want you to…

  5. Best Robot Vacuum And Mop Combo
    13:06 Deals

    The best robot vacuum and mop combo is Narwal’s T10, and it’s $100 off at Amaz…

Why you shouldn’t share your iPhone or iPad with your young child

February 3rd, 2015 at 2:10 PM
iPhone, iPad and Android

While smartphones and tablets might be helpful when it comes to keeping your kids entertained or teaching them various skills, you may want to hold off on letting your kids use them until they’re at least 30 months old. The Guardian, citing Boston University School of Medicine researchers who talked to the Pediatrics journal, says that use of smartphones and tablets at that age might have significant adverse effects.

FROM EARLIER: This new router will slow your internet speeds to a crawl – and you’ll be glad it did

“These devices may replace the hands-on activities important for the development of sensorimotor and visual-motor skills, which are important for the learning and application of maths and science,” clinical instructor in developmental-behavioral pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine Jenny Radesky said, adding that a child playing with building blocks may be more useful for later skills.

The researcher encourages parents to increase “direct human to human interaction” with their young children rather than getting them used to using touchscreen devices.

In those cases where a smartphone or tablet is used by a kid, researchers encourage parents to join them in those activities, and even test the apps used beforehand.

The researchers said that there’s plenty of evidence that says children under 30 months can’t learn as much from TV or videos as from human interaction, but there’s not enough data on whether mobile apps could be as efficient as human interaction at that age.

Evidence also suggests that certain TV programs such as Sesame Street, electronic books and mobile apps can be used to help the vocabulary and reading comprehension of children, but only once they’re older and closer to school age.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Popular News