Do you have a fussy baby on your hands? It's almost impossible to juggle day-to-day responsibilities with raising a newborn, and many parents realize all-too-quickly that their little ones will be calmed down by shoving an iPhone (or Blackberry, if you roll that way) into their hands. Kids are more media-savvy than ever, and a new report from Common Sense Media shows that nearly fifty percent of babies have used a computer or cellphone by the tender age of two!
This information is alarming for a slew of reasons, especially considering that the American Academy of Pediatrics says children under two shouldn't be using mobile devices or computers at all! However, it looks like many parents aren't taking this advice seriously, and the use of screens by babies is on the rise. Two years ago, only 14 percent of children under the age of 2 had used a mobile device or computer, and now that number is up to a whopping 48 percent!
So, how much time does a typical kid spend in front of screens? The AAP recommends that children don't spent more than an hour trolling around the Internet or playing Fruit Ninja on their mom or dad's phone, and most kids spend an hour and 55 minutes each day in front of a screen.
Of course, not all screen-time is bad. There are tons of great, educational television shows (Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, anyone?) and a few apps that are also A+ learning tools!
Do you let your toddler use a computer or smartphone, and will this information make you reevaluate the amount of time they're next to a screen? Hit the comments!
Source: Washington Post