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38% of Kids Under Age 2 Use Mobile

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Some toddlers are using mobile devices before they can form full sentences. According to research from Common Sense Media, 38% of children under the age of 2 have used a mobile device for playing games or watching videos.

 Common Sense Media’s research paper  “Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America” also reports:

Nearly 52% of 5- to 8-year-olds have used a mobile device and by the  age of 8, 72% of children have used a smartphone, tablet or similar device.

In December 2013, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and the Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University released a study that revealed some positive impacts on children of increased computer time. The NCFL survey focused mainly on Hispanic families use of technology and revealed the following results:

  • Nearly six in ten (59 percent) parents say computers have a mainly positive effect on children’s reading skills. Views about the impact of TV and mobile devices on literacy were also more positive than negative.
  • 66% percent of Hispanic parents agree that their child needs to be skilled with computers and new devices like tablets to be successful in life.

Photo source:  Baby Gap

 

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