August 18, 2016
Written by Carolyn Gregoire
This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post.
Many modern parents have a love-hate relationship with the iPad.
The device can be great to keep a child occupied and some interactive games may carry educational benefits — but what do we really know about how tablets affects babies’ developing brains?
The short answer is that we know very little. Digital devices have changed the parenting landscape so rapidly that the research has hardly been able to keep up, and comprehensive, science-based guidelines for children’s media consumption have yet to be formulated.
The American Academy of Pediatrics loosely recommends that screen time be avoided for children under age 2, a time when the brain is rapidly developing. “Young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens,” the academy says.