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Kids And Mobile Devices: Half Of Kids Under 8 Use Them

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Last Friday my post focused on what I called the new challenge for setting media use guidelines for parents: “transportable technology.” I mentioned how I didn’t have data to share on how many kids use some form of it. Now there is some. 

I just read an article in the New York Times that presents an overview of the results of a survey study of 1,384 parents conducted by Common Sense Media, a non-profit group based in San Francisco. According to the report by Tamar Lewin:

The study found that fully half of all kids under 8 had access to a mobile device like a smart phone, a video iPod, or an iPad or other tablet.

James Steyer, chief executive of Common Sense Media, offered the following quote in the article:

It’s the beginning of an important shift, as parents increasingly are handing their iPhones to their 1 1/2-year-old kid as a shut-up toy. And parents who check their e-mail three times on the way to the bus stop are constantly modeling that behavior, so it’s only natural the kids want to use mobile devices too. 

Of course, many parents – especially those with babies and toddlers – will consider mobile devices to be potentially educational. But the fact remains that while parents continue to receive guidance on limiting screen time for their kids, the reality is that most parents are increasing their own screen time because of mobile devices. And so are their kids (especially since the majority of kids also watch TV/DVDs and increasing numbers use desktop computers).

This is why I suggest that transportable technology is the new challenge for parenting babies and toddlers – simply put, it is rapidly changing the landscape of monitoring screen time (for both parent and child). Thoughts?

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