Don't Use Smartphones as 'Digital Pacifiers' for Kids

If you're a parent that gives his toddler a smartphone to play with to keep him quiet, you'd better rethink your strategy.

New research has shown that regularly exposing a toddler or a child under 30 months to video and interactive media on smartphones and other digital devices could impair that child's development of the skills needed for math and science.

Researchers Boston University School of Medicine warned that using a tablet or smartphone to divert a child's attention might also be detrimental to "their social-emotional development". Toddler years are a time of great cognitive, emotional and social development.

"If these devices become the predominant method to calm and distract young children, will they be able to develop their own internal mechanisms of self-regulation?" the scientists asked in a study published in the journal Pediatrics.

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