Toddlers and Tablets: A Good Combination?
If your toddler regularly has his hands on your smartphone or tablet, he isn’t alone. According to a 2013 study by Common Sense Media, 38% of children under 2 have used such mobile devices. Now, as technology has advanced and children are using mobile devices at younger and younger ages, the academy is discussing whether it should be giving more specific advice to parents. At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics Oct. 13, two pediatricians squared off in a point-counterpoint to discuss the pros and cons of giving toddlers access to electronic devices. Dr. Dimitri Christakis, professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington, also directs the Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development and has long researched the effects of media exposure on children.
About Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention and bioethics, among others. As part of Seattle Children’s Hospital, the research institute brings together leading minds in pediatric research to provide patients with the best care possible. Seattle Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, which consistently ranks as one of the best pediatric departments in the country. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org/research.