Are Touch Screen Devices Helping or Hindering Toddlers?
the MPR take:
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement in 2011 recommending against the use of electronic media for children <2 years of age; a 2013 update discusses the positive educational and socially integrative benefits but does not apply these to children ages <3 years of age. A study presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies found that despite 60% of parents believing that the use of a touch screen device by children <3 years of age had educational benefits, no significant difference in Cognitive Adaptive Test/Clinical Linguistic Auditory Milestone Scale (CAT/CLAMS) development quotient (DQ) scores were seen between children who used touch-screen devices compared to those who did not. Children <3 years of age who who played non-educational games on touch screen devices had lower verbal scores on the CAT/CLAMS test. However, the authors emphasize that this may not be a causal relationship because children with delayed language development may prefer playing non-educational games.
With the widespread use of touch screen devices such as smartphones in our everyday lives, the issue has been raised whether introducing these devices to infants and toddlers at a young age will lead to any early measurable educational benefit or will enhance learning capability. Pediatricians ...
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