iPad or smartphone: harmful to toddlers’ learning?

By Drum Digital
02 February 2015

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine say that using an iPad or smartphone to distract children – and get a moment’s peace – could stunt their ‘social-emotional development’.

The research also says heavy use of mobile devices at a very young age is having an untold impact on children’s development and behaviour.

“If these devices become the predominant method to calm and distract young children, will they be able to develop their own internal mechanisms of self-regulation?” the scientists asked.

Jenny Radesky, clinical instructor in developmental-behavioural pediatrics at BU School of Medicine, published her team’s research findings in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She urged parents to increase “direct human to human interaction” with their offspring.

Leaving children under the age of three alone with gadgets could be harming their ability to learn key skills such as self-control.

Source: washingtonpost.com

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