Saturday June 25, 2016

Smartphones Won’t Make Your Kids Dumb (We Think)

So here’s another piece on whether you should worry about your kid indulging in a device. The truth is that there simply isn’t enough data yet to come to any staple conclusion, but like most things, moderation is probably advisable.

"It’s pretty common," says Jenny Radesky, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan. "It becomes the go-to, easiest tool the parent is using." Although helpful in the short term, it’s important for young children to be able to develop internal mechanisms of self-regulation, whether that’s learning without constant rewards or being able to sit patiently without constant digital stimulation. Christakis says that, anecdotally, he and others are starting to see younger and younger patients using these devices compulsively.