Many parents use devices like their smartphones or tablets to entertain their children these days. When our devices can do it all, it is easy to see why. Our gadgets can play games, you can watch videos, listen to audio books, and much more. So it isn’t surprising to learn that according to a new study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, more than a third of kids in the US who are under the age of one have used a mobile device.
That includes both smartphones and tablets. That number is 30% for kids aged under one, and falls to 2% at age 4. Kids using mobile devices to play games peaked at age two at 36%, but started to drop after that. The study also shows that parents mainly gave their kids access to the device while they were doing chores around the house. They want the child busy.
The ones that use mobile devices to calm their child is at 65%, while those who use them to entertain their kids while running errands are at 60%, and 29% said that they used mobile devices to help put their kids to bed. Well, that is society today. These devices are handy, so they use them. It remains to be seen what the implications of this could be.