Using iPads to pacify children may harm their development.
Parents reported giving children Ipads or smartphones frequently when the children are upset. According to a new study by researchers from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan, parents from low-income families were more likely to give mobile devices to calm children with social and emotional difficulties. Published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, the researchers recruited 144 healthy children between the ages of 15 and 36 months from low-income families. The researchers asked the parents how often they give or allow the use of mobile devices during a variety of situations. Different scenarios include eating, being in public, during chores, when the children are in distress, and at bedtime.
What were the results?
Using iPads to pacify young children may harm their development – children who are handed Ipads and smartphones to calm them down will struggle with their emotional development because they will not learn how to control their emotions. Children should be given time to calm down on their own rather than being distracted by tablets.
And they need to be able to think independently of a device. “They need to be able to explore their imagination. To be able to gather themselves and know who they are. “If you don’t teach your children to be alone, they’ll only know how to be lonely.”