The latest study, presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, found that more than 1/3 of babies, 6 months old, are playing and clicking on tablets and smartphones. A survey that included 370 parents and their children, found that 12% of children under 1 year, played video games, 24% had called someone, 36% had scrolled or touched a screen and 15% used apps. When children reach 2 years of age, most of them use smartphones or tablets. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, young infants and children under 2 years of age, must avoid entertainment media. An excessive media is linked to eating disorder, obesity, sleeping disorder and school difficulty.
Parents usually let their children use a smartphone because they believe that kids will learn numbers, letters and how to use smartphones. According to psychologist Laura E. Berk, Ph.D., these claims are inaccurate. This research was based on a scientific evidence, on how infants learn. The second explanation why parents let their children use smartphones is linked to free time. 73% of parents in this study, let their young children use smartphones so they have time for household chores.
If your child is spending too much time playing games or using a smartphone, it would be a smart decision to stop this. The much better solution is old playtime. The negative side of young children using smartphones is linked to parental distraction at playgrounds (a time when a child can do something dangerous). In fact, they are responsible for 30% of parent’s distraction. Many experts recommend that instead of just handing over the phone to your child, watch photos together and discuss of people on them.