More than a third of Kids under one are now rockin' a smartphone or tablet says survey
The survey revealed that 36% of children less than a year old have touched or scrolled a screen. 24% have made a phone call using a mobile device, 15% have used apps and 52% have watched a television show from a smartphone or tablet. The future for mobile device manufacturers is obviously bright because more kids are going to be demanding a smartphone or tablet of their own as they grow older. By the time they turn one, 33% of the kids have scrolled a screen on a mobile device, 35% have called someone and 25% have used an app on a smartphone or tablet.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the survey reveals when parents turn to mobile device for their kids. 60% of moms and dads surveyed have their kids entertained by a smartphone or tablet while they run errands. 73% of parents give these mobile devices to their kids while doing chores around the house and 65% use these devices to calm their young ones. 29% of the kids go to sleep with the help of a smartphone or tablet. Interestingly, only 30% of the parents surveyed said that they have discussed their kids' use of mobile devices with a pediatrician.
While not all parents support the idea of giving a tablet or smartphone to a child less than a year-old, the truth is that kids who don't get a chance to use a mobile device while very young could fall behind other kids who do get access to these devices within the first year of their life.
source: AAP via Time, Textually.org