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.
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