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38% of U.S. babies use mobile devices to watch videos and play games
On October 29, the Mashable website published a new research report that pointed out that many children aged 2-5 years old in the United States started playing with smartphones and tablets before they could say a complete sentence. It is reported that this survey report is derived from a survey conducted by Common Sense Media, a family advocacy organization. The study pointed out that at present, 38% of children under the age of 2 in the United States are using mobile devices. In 2011, the proportion was only 10. %. Among 8-year-old children, 72% are playing with smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. The study also found that not only are more children using tablets and smartphones, they also spend longer on mobile devices. In 2011, children aged 0-8 spent an average of 5 minutes a day on mobile devices, compared to 15 minutes in 2013. Common Sense Media director James Steyer said that we have seen a change in the way children consume media. Children can’t even walk, but they have learned to use their iPhone or iPad to swipe their cards. Jim Steyer believes that “this truly marks the arrival of the digital age.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents should prohibit children under the age of 2 from spending time on screens, including TVs, PCs, and mobile devices. But Steyer believes that the Pediatric Society is too conservative, and the increase in children's use of mobile devices has both disadvantages and advantages. Mobile devices can be a good educational tool if they are used. Improper or overuse will endanger their development. You only need to use tablets and smartphones responsibly to monitor usage time and content. These mobile devices can serve the purpose of education.