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?
If you haven’t already, turn off the tablet, take it away, and let’s all do our children a favor and give them their childhood back. That bicycle that’s been sitting in the garage for several months now is calling their name.
Tell us Hot Moms, do you have any phone, computer or tablet restrictions in your house?