Little Abby likes to find fruit and one of Charlie’s favorite toys is his mommy’s tablet. These tots are toddler techies not yet two years old.
According to a recent study by Common Sense Media, 38% of babies under two have used tablets or smart phones, up from 10% in 2011
And now companies are cashing in with a potty, a stroller compartment, even an infant bouncy seat - all with a place for a tablet or iPad! But child development experts are asking - should children this young be spending time on electronic devices?
"It becomes a slippery slope and my concern is I think we have a potential crisis," says Toyah Klien, author of How Toddler’s Thrive. She runs the Barnard Center for Toddler Development in New York City.
"Technology takes kids away from what they need most, which is the back and forth interaction; technology puts them on this one on one head down no eye contact - and information is thrown at them,” said Klien.
Klein also says tablets and smart phones are so new, there's no way to know what kind of neurological impact it may have on children. But father Robert Sweetman says sometimes it's the only thing that works.
"It works as bribery. I can use it to get him in the stroller to get out the door," said Sweetman.
We reached out to the toy industry association and individual toymakers who yold us that digital toys and electronic devices can benefit a child, but that it is up to the adult to choose those items, and supervise and engage with the child.
So what should you do at home? Tovah klein recommends:
Limiting screen time for under twos to 10 to fifteen minutes.
And if you do allow it never let it occupy your toddler outdoors.
And don't use it as a silencer or pacifier