Using iPads to pacify children may harm their development, say scientists

The Telegraph 1 February 2015
It might be tempting to hand over an iPad to a screaming child when all else has failed to calm them down.

But child psychologists say it may be stunting youngsters’ emotional development, because they do not learn how to control their emotions.

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine in the US found that children need to find ways of self-regulating their feelings rather than masking them with distracting programmes or games.

Dr Jenny Radesky, clinical instructor in Developmental-Behavioural Pediatrics at Boston University, said: “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.
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