Fox News Health just had a timely short clip by Dr. Manny Alvarez about children and cell phones and screens. http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/05/05/are-smartphones-hurting-your-kids
Touch screen devices have no known benefits to a child but rather they are linked to lower verbal skills. The interaction with the screen touching buttons and swiping, delays
their language skills. Babies need interaction with humans. It is a fact that humans need each other not screens. “They need to speak to each other. They need to feel each other, they need to hear sounds. They have to correlate feelings with sounds. That is what makes the brain work. A computer basically makes you dumb,” Dr. Manny said, adding that “we’ll pay the consequences later on if kids are exposed to too much technology.”
The myth that handheld devices will get your child ahead of the tech learning curve is dangerous. Using a smart device does not make a child smart on any level. Even so called educational apps are not working like we think they should because many more things (not just pushing buttons) are needed for brain and learning development in children.
The final point was made that no parent really can adequately evaluate the actual number of minutes that a child is in front to of a screen. They are exposed to screens all through the day and what seems like 10 minutes with your phone is usually a lot more. The bottom line, you can’t successfully replace human interaction with a device.
Another new study (Zact, July 2013) show that 25% of children age 2 and under own a smartphone. Parents are too worried about their child being bored so they give their baby a phone. But children need to learn how to self soothe and be bored and should only get a phone when they are old enough to wisely handle it. Two is not the age for a smartphone.