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Study shows why tablets and phones are dangerous babysitters
« on: November 06, 2019, 07:09:25 AM »

If you're one of those parents who use a smartphone or a tablet as an electronic babysitter, you might want to hear about a study that was published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics (via CNN). The study measured the effects on 47 healthy prekindergarten children (3 to 5 years of age) of screen use greater than the one hour per day recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Scans done of these children revealed that those who were placed in front of a screen for more than one hour per day without their parents being involved had a problem with the white matter of their brains. The kids tested were found to have lower levels of white matter development; this is an area of the brain that is important to the development of skills related to language, literacy and cognitive abilities. In other words, too much time spent in front of a phone, tablet, computer and television could make it harder for children to develop communication skills and might hinder their abilities to solve problems.

One of the issues that today's children face that wasn't seen 10 years ago is the portability of screens. Sure, cellphones were around for longer than a decade, and the touchscreen smartphone became a thing in 2007. But arguably, it wasn't until the launch of the Apple iPad in 2010 that parents discovered how tablets made for an effective babysitter. Load up some videos for the kids to watch and some pre-school games they can play and even the most rambunctious kid can sit through a dinner at a nice restaurant. Amazon has a special kids edition of its Fire Tablet with a kid-proof case; these inexpensive slates offer a subscription to Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited, a service that gives kids access to a multitude of apps, games, books, videos, and educational content from providers like Disney and Nickelodeon.


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