I’m sure many parents have heard this before, but it’s something we’ll all have to hear again: more and more toddlers now own their own mobile device. That means children as young as 3 have their own iPads, tablets, hand-held phones and who knows, maybe even laptops, too. Because all of these devices are a better alternative than calling a babysitter, right?!?
Now, a new study says that a whopping 75 percent of toddlers have a tablet that they call their own. WHAT?!??! I didn’t even have a cell phone that I could call mine until I was 21! Here’s more from Yahoo Parenting:
About 70% of parents said their children used devices unsupervised, including while parents did chores. About 65% said a device was used to appease a child in public, while 25% of parents said they’d left a child with a device at bedtime, though screens generally keep sleep at bay, per the New York Times. Some 44% of kids under 1 and 77% of 2-year-olds used a mobile device daily; a third of 3- and 4-year-olds used more than one device at a time.
Of course, we all know that keeping our children in front of screens is horribly bad for them (good-bye attention span), but even though the statistics are alarming, it seems like we do very little about it. Whatever happened to playing outside, reading a book, or getting down on the floor with a box of Legos?