A recent scientific study has revealed that using smartphones and tablets to pacify children may damage their social-emotional development.

Researchers at the Boston University Medical Center reviewed the many types of interactive media available today and raised important questions regarding their use as educational tools, as well as their potential detrimental role in stunting the development of important tools for self-regulation. Research shows that children younger than 30 months cannot learn from television and videos as well as they can from real-life interactions. While children who are preschool-age or older can benefit from interactive media such as electronic books and learn-to-read applications, which can help to teach vocabulary and reading comprehension, the use of these devices to distract children during mundane tasks might be detrimental to the social-emotional development of the child.

Heavy device use during young childhood could reportedly interfere with development of empathy, social and problem solving skills that are typically obtained by exploring, unstructured play and interacting with peers.

In the findings, which were published in the journal Pediatrics, the study’s authors recommend that parents try each application before allowing their children to access it. They also encourage parents to use these applications with their children, as using interactive media together enhances its educational value.

Source: ANI

Read More:
Parenting Q&A: Tips For Getting A Toddler To Brush Teeth
Parenting Q&A: Right Time To Move Toddler Into Big Bed?

Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.