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I-Pad Babysitter Could Be A BAD Idea.

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Many a story was posted last year that tablet computers were the most wanted Christmas present for children between the ages of 6-11 years. Many parents are having to share their tablet computers with their children as software companies release hundredes of educational and fun applications each month.

However, letting the iPad babysit your smaller children and experts warn they could end up addicted before they even hit elementary school. In Britain, a 4-year-old girl was recently identified as the nation’s youngest-known tablet addict. After her parents handed her the device at age 3, she began using it up to four hours a day.

The toddler is now in outpatient treatment for her compulsion.

Wall Street Journal article in 2012 cited:

In many ways, the average toddler using an iPad is a guinea pig. While the iPad went on sale two years ago, rigorous, scientific studies of how such a device affects the development of young children typically take three to five years.

There is “little research on the impact of technology like this on kids,” says Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The up shot seem to be there are pluses and minuses.  Research and set rules about usage seems to be the common denominator.

Signs to look for?? If your children, or your spouse, become aggressive or even violent when their devices are taken away from them, they may be a technology addicts.

Like a duck to water, watch Bridger navigate like a pro. He is 2.

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