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Children's exposure to, and use of mobile media devices

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A new study published in the journal Pediatrics looked at children’s exposure to, and use of mobile media devices.

Researchers looked at a cross section of 350 children aged 6 months to 4 years at a pediatric clinic in an urban, low-income, minority community.

In it they found that 83 percent of households had tablets, 77 percent had smartphones, and 97 percent had a TV. 96.6 percent of children in the study had used mobile devices, most starting before they turned one.

70 percent of parents gave them to the kids when doing chores, 65 percent to keep the children calm, and 29 percent at bedtime.

The study went on to find that by the time the children in the study were 3-and-4-years-old, they used the devices without any help, and one-third were engaged in media multitasking.

In the study, it calls for updated recommendations for families and providers on the use of mobile media by young children.

Read the full study here.

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