Last Updated: 31/03/2016
There has been a lot in the news recently about young children’s development being hampered by electronic toys, if used too regularly and without using moderation. This week a new study has shown that children who are not stimulated enough in the nursery years might not be mentally advanced enough to start learning at primary school level.
Tablets, phones and other electronic gadgets are often used by parents as a pacifier, but does this hamper normal development?
Dr Jenny Radesky, clinical instructor in Developmental-Behavioural Pediatrics at Boston University, told the Daily Telegraph: "Mobile devices are everywhere and children are using them more frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behaviour of children is still relatively unknown.
"It has been well-studied that increased television time decreases a child's development of language and social skills. Mobile media use similarly replaces the amount of time spent engaging in direct human-human interaction.”
According to the BBC electronic guidelines for children, if used in the right way, electronic devices can be really useful in enabling children with communication problems to communicate more easily. This combined with a generous helping of story time, playing outside, interaction with other children can help enhance their learning ability. They also state that guiding your children through the technology is key.
It seems that technology in the form of electronic devices can play a useful part in our children’s development but the amount of time and the usage needs to be monitored carefully. But experts do say not to let your child use them before going to sleep as the light they omit can cause problems with sleep. For more information about using Electronic goods please follow this link.
Sources: The Telegraph/BBC/The Guardian