This Week, Researchers Say Tablets and Phones are Bad for Young Kids

By Gary Cutlack on at

The latest set of research into what's good/bad for children has arrived, with a group of medical students claiming that using access to screens to pacify rogue toddlers can impact on their "social-emotional development" and is helping us unwittingly create a generation of uncontrollable psychopaths.

According to a team at the Boston University School of Medicine, granting toddlers unfettered access to bright fun things may impair development while also reducing critical human-to-human interaction and learning time, with the team asking: "If these devices become the predominant method to calm and distract young children, will they be able to develop their own internal mechanisms of self-regulation?"

As well as messing with the brain, there may be a physical toll too, with the report suggesting: "These devices also may replace the hands-on activities important for the development of sensorimotor and visual-motor skills, which are important for the learning and application of math and science."

Which is all the excuse you need, if you're a dad, to increase the family's annual Lego budget by a factor of 50 and buy all the amazing new things. [University Herald via Guardian]