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Screening the value of tablets for toddlers

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published February 18, 2014 at 11:38 a.m.

Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them.

And that has some pediatricians and other health experts worried.

Since navigating a tablet generally doesn’t require the ability to type or read, even toddlers can quickly learn how to stream movies, scroll through family photos or play simple games.

That ease-of-use makes tablets — and smartphones — popular with busy parents who use them to pacify their kids during car rides, restaurant outings or while they’re at home trying to get dinner on the table. And many feel a little less guilty about it if they think there’s educational value to the apps and games their children use.

But some experts note there’s no evidence that screen time — whether from a TV or tablet — provides any educational or developmental benefits for babies and toddlers. See Wednesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Family for more.

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