Have you ever been confused by a feature of your iPhone until your 6-year-
Old show you how it works?
A new study helps explain how this happens.
Most children use smartphones and digital tablets from birth. -literally.
36% of parents who answered a recent survey said their children had "touched or rolled the screen" before celebrating their first birthday ", another 33% of parents said their children did so at the age of one.
Only 2% of the parents interviewed said they waited until the child was 4 years old to introduce them to the wonders of the touch screen.
If you think these kids must have been born in the heart of Silicon Valley, think about it.
The researchers said they conducted a survey of 370 families at a pediatric clinic in Philadelphia, which is aimed at "urban, low-income, minority communities ".
In fact, 13% of the parents who participated in the survey did not graduate from high school.
Still, 77% of respondents said they had smartphones, 83% had tablets and 59% had Internet access.
Many babies and toddlers may have been randomly poking their digital screens, according to parents, but at least some of them are doing something meaningful.
The researchers reported that 15% of children used the app before they reached the age of 1, and 24% called someone.
When 36% of children try the app, the most common age to start using the app is 2 years old.
Similarly, 36% of children started playing video games when they were 2 years old.
If children like to play with digital devices, parents seem to benefit from it as well. Nearly two-
Parents of three children said they handed over mobile media devices in order to calm their children down, and 29% said they used them to sleep their children.
These devices are also used to entertain children when their parents do housework at home (
According to 73% of the respondents)
Running errands (
The American Academy of Pediatrics says screening should be avoided before the child turns 2.
According to the college, "in the first few years, a child's brain developed rapidly and young children learned by interacting with people rather than screens . ".
However, only 30% of parents interviewed said they had discussed screen time and other media use with pediatricians.
The results appear to have suddenly been conducted in Philadelphia by researchers at Einstein Medical School in October and November 20.
"We didn't expect the children to start using these devices since they were 6 months old," the doctor said.
Hilda Kabali, a pediatric resident who led the study, said in a statement.
"Some children use the screen for up to 30 minutes.
The study was published Saturday at a pediatric academic conference in San Diego.