A new research projected, started by the members of the Albert Einstein Hospital, proves that toddlers go mobile even before their first birthday. Since 2013, more and more parents choose to use an electronic device in their toddler’s education.
After setting up an interview with a couple of parents, researchers have discovered that approximately 97 percent of them gave their kids mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones. It seems that most of the children started swiping even before their first birthing. Statistics say that circa one in five children., who are one year old, already own a computer or a smartphone and that one in four children, older of age are able to use smart devices without parents supervision.
This means that a one-year old child could very well become more proficient in working with an electronic device that its parents. Moreover, in the same interview, circa 28 percent of the parents admitted that they used mobile devices in order to put their children to sleep. Nearly 289 parents have participated in this interview.
Further research comes up with even more dramatic numbers. It seem that at the age of four years, 75 percent of the children already own several electronic devices and are capable of using them without supervision.
Researchers pointed out that although a tablet or a smartphone could ultimately prove to be a very useful tool in education, parents should lay down some rules regarding the use of electronic devices. One of the researchers was shocked by the fact that a lot of parents used a tablet to put their children to sleep.
He says that there can be no electronic substitute for a correct sleep hygiene. Parents must be able to teach their children that they are not allowed with devices in bed before sleep time. Pediatricians recommend parents to talk to their children, sing to them and to read them stories before bed time.
Toddlers go mobile but not all content is safe for them. Doctors urge parents to supervise their children when he is using a tablet or a smartphone. One other doctor said that it is critical for a parent to keep tabs on his children when using such devices and that they should continue watching them way beyond adolescence.
By using smartphones and tablets from young ages, children tend to expose themselves to certain medical issues such as eye problems.