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The study found that 52 percent of children ages 5 to 8 years old have had access to a mobile device while 39 percent of 2 to 4-year-olds and 10 percent of zero to 1-year-olds have had access

For years, media such as television and video game systems have been used as babysitters for younger children. But as technology advances and more gadgets are introduced, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are being used for the same purposes.

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group that focuses on the use of technology by children, prepared a study called "Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America." As the study suggests, it describes the amount of media children ages zero to eight consume via mobile devices and television.

The study looked at 1,384 parents with children up to 8 years old from May 27, 2011 to June 15, 2011.

Let’s start with television. According to the study, nine-month-olds spend almost an hour per day watching television or DVDs. Children under the age of two spend twice as much time watching TV and videos as they do reading books at 53 minutes and 23 minutes per day respectively. In addition, 30 percent of zero to 1-year-olds have a TV in their bedroom while 44 percent of 2 to 4-year-olds and 47 percent of 5 to 8-year-olds have a TV in their bedrooms as well.

As far as computers go, 53 percent of all 2 to 4-year-olds have used a computer and 90 percent of all 5 to 8-year-olds have used a computer. The average age of first use was around 3 and a half.

The newest group of gadgets to be introduced to youngsters is mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. According to the study, 29 percent of parents have downloaded apps specifically for their children on their phones. On average, 11 percent of the children used a cell phone or other mobile device for media consumption for about 43 minutes per day.

When it comes to both computers and mobile devices, the study notes that there is a "digital divide" among those in different income brackets. In the computer realm, 72 percent of children up to age 8 have a computer in their home. Among low-income families (less than $30,000 per year), this number is at about 48 percent where higher-income families (over $75,000 per year) are at 91 percent.

In addition to the digital divide is the "app gap," where 27 percent of lower-income families include a parent with a smartphone where 57 percent of higher-income families include a parent with a smartphone. Thirty-eight percent of lower-income parents don't even know what an app is where only 3 percent of higher-income parents are unaware.

Overall, the study found that 52 percent of children ages 5 to 8 years old have had access to a mobile device while 39 percent of 2 to 4-year-olds and 10 percent of zero to 1-year-olds have had access.

The study can be found here.

Source: MSNBC



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It called parenting
By Dr of crap on 10/28/2011 12:48:15 PM , Rating: 2
And for the vast majority of so called parents - they don't know how to.

What happened to spanking - OH NO, that's taken away. It's to hurtful and the parents could be punished for disiplining their kid. So now we have "time outs".
Let me tell you from my experiences since my wife does daycare. Time outs are a waste of time and energy. Smacking the kid like we were and we did for our kids works everytime.

But todays parents will let give kid whatever keeps them occupied as that they do not have to be involved with their kids and deal with their whinning. GIVING IN TO WHINNING KIDS ONLY MAKES THEM WHINE MORE. Yet that statement is lost to almost every parent today.

NO kid under 12 needs a cell phone or a TV in his room.

DO your parenting right!




RE: It called parenting
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 10/28/2011 12:53:48 PM , Rating: 2
When I was in elementary school during the 80s, the teachers had wooden paddles that they would use on us if we acted up. Hell, parents ENCOURAGED it.

If you did some REALLY stupid, you got sent to the principal's office -- he had a paddle that was twice the size and had holes in it. You didn't want that.

Looking back, I don't believe we had many behavior problems because kids knew that they would get jacked up if they stepped out of line. Nowadays, kids just go buck wild. It's everyone else fault but the student.

My wife is a teacher, and this image is so apt for today's parents:

http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/6673/309776101505...


RE: It called parenting
By Dr of crap on 10/28/2011 1:03:55 PM , Rating: 2
Glad I have others that have the same view.
And that picture hits it right on the mark.

It's never the kids fault, it's the teacher and school!

Yet if they'd investigate the home life, with millioins of Fedreal grant money of course, they'd find out the real problem our kids can't compete with other countries. We're to soft on the kids.


RE: It called parenting
By cjohnson2136 on 10/28/2011 1:55:25 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with both of you now I went to elementary school in the 90s so my experience was not like your Brandon but the area I grew up in almost everyone used either their hand or a switch for spanking. I had friends that had to cut their switches luckily I just had a hand used for me. I think the idea of corporal punishment for a kid is the perfect tool for training them. Even as teens brain dusters should be ENCOURAGED.


RE: It called parenting
By siberus on 10/30/2011 6:35:41 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
When I was in elementary school during the 80s, the teachers had wooden paddles that they would use on us if we acted up. Hell, parents ENCOURAGED it.


Paddles were already banned when i was in elementary, but my dad STILL encouraged it...


RE: It called parenting
By anactoraaron on 10/28/2011 2:54:34 PM , Rating: 3
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Let me tell you from my experiences since my wife does daycare. Time outs are a waste of time and energy. Smacking the kid like we were and we did for our kids works everytime.

Don't take this the wrong way, but stay the hell away from my kids.

Sure time-out's are a waste of time and energy if you don't follow the correct process for giving a kid a time out - but hey, it's just so much easier to just smack your kid. I have a 3 year old and have exclusively used time-outs. And I do them properly and they work. Why wouldn't I just hit her? Hmmm. I love her, that's why.

Here's something else to consider before smacking your kids- young kids, say younger than age 5, don't fully understand certain concepts like what it is you are even trying to accomplish by hitting them. All they see is that if someone isn't doing what you want them to do then it's okay to hit them to get them to do what you want. Guess who taught them that?

Kids are smart, but their understanding of certain concepts isn't fully developed like yours is. Kids will see things in their simplest form. So again if you do the time-out properly and consistently, they will see if they misbehave then a punishment will come, and then they have to apologize for what they have done. Hitting usually doesn't end with the child apologizing and they likely won't even understand they have done anything wrong- they just know if they do X then you will hit them for it.

It's like no one here has ever seen an episode of "Super Nanny". I have seen some hellish kids get Consistent Dicipline through time-outs and become well behaved kids. You just need to be a good parent and even more importantly be consistent .


RE: It called parenting
By cjohnson2136 on 10/28/2011 2:59:04 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is that works with some kids and some it doesn't. Also get off this whole "hitting" your kid. I was spanked ever since I remember. You don't simple just hit the kid. You first explain that he/she did something wrong, and then explain that they have to be punished for what they do. If you do it that way they make the same connection to doing bad equals punishment and punishment equals spanking. Just like any punishment it all depends in how the parent does it. Spanking vs timeout can both be ineffective or effective depending on how the parent does it.

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Why wouldn't I just hit her? Hmmm. I love her, that's why.


So your saying my parents didn't love me that's a bs reason to not spank your child.


RE: It called parenting
By hankw on 10/28/2011 3:17:02 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
So your saying my parents didn't love me that's a bs reason to not spank your child.


I disagree. To me spanking is just lazy parenting. It really only serves as a way to release your aggression and deal quick punishment. There are so many other ways you can punish your child and they would get the same impact.


RE: It called parenting
By cjohnson2136 on 10/28/2011 3:18:55 PM , Rating: 3
Again it all depends in how you do. If you just go and spank your kid right there then yes that's bad. My parents would have 30 min to an hour long talk with me before hand. I knew exactly what I did wrong got my spanking and didn't do that thing again. But if you do just get angry and smack the kid that is completely the wrong way to deal with it.


RE: It called parenting
By vortmax2 on 10/28/2011 4:35:08 PM , Rating: 3
Exactly, it's all about the heart behind the discipline. Kids may not understand many things fully, but they certainly understand the difference between love and 'non-love' and have an uncanny way of sensing it in their parents.

Most kids respond quite well to responsible spanking and usually require less and less as time goes on. That's because they learn that obeying their authority (parents in this case) is the right thing and choose to do it more and more often. This is a basic priciple they learn and bring into adulthood.

I've RARELY seen timeouts work properly...probably for many reasons (including lack of consistency). I've also seen where spanking in anger causes more problems than it solves.

Of course it's worth to mention that, depending on the child, their response to different techniques can vary and parents need to adjust accordingly.

In the end, however, it's all about the heart behind the discipline.


RE: It called parenting
By cjohnson2136 on 10/28/2011 4:40:13 PM , Rating: 2
+6


RE: It called parenting
By Parhel on 10/29/2011 1:31:29 AM , Rating: 2
That's well said, and really mirrors my experiences with discipline as a parent.

With two boys under 5, discipline is part of our life every day. We've only spanked our two children maybe five times combined, but it's really effective for those behaviors that have to stop immediately, like safety issues.

For example, my two year old was biting people. He's not mean usually. I think he just thought it was funny or something, I don't know. But this went on for weeks, and he had been yelled at, gotten time outs, lost privileges, etc. . . . everything we could think of.

One day, he bit his older brother so hard he drew blood and left a nasty bruise with bite marks for a week afterwards. He was spanked, just a few times on the butt with an open hand. We explained why he was being disciplined both before and after the punishment. He never bit anyone once after that.

We've decided not to spank going forward, though. Our older son is autistic, and is just too sensitive physically. We felt that our younger son would get a complex if he got spanked and our older boy didn't.


RE: It called parenting
By anactoraaron on 10/28/2011 4:31:05 PM , Rating: 2
That's not exactly what I was trying to say. Really to get what I was trying to say you should ask your parents how it felt to abuse you. I mean, how do you feel after spanking your child? Is love a part of that equation? It's called abuse for a reason. You don't spank to just give em a tap. You hit until they cry (when it hurts) to TEACH THEM A LESSON. AKA Abuse. I know, I was spanked as a kid. Sometimes with a hand, sometimes a belt- and that metal buckle hurt like hell- and some kids are hit with worse.

As for kids being "soft", life is always a fragile thing. If you have a problem with kids having a lack of respect and particularly a lack of respect for authority figures I would say that was a learned behavior from those kids' parents. Either the parents taught them from their lack of discipline and consistent discipline or from their own behavior.

If time-outs should never work for my kids, I would seek help from a professional in which ever field they would be in to help control bad behavior by providing me with another alternative form of discipline. I will never spank, because from my own experience it doesn't stop with using just your hand. It always escalates (extension cord, belt, etc).


RE: It called parenting
By Parhel on 10/29/2011 1:11:06 AM , Rating: 2
What the hell are you on about? People here are talking about spanking, i.e. two or three smacks on the butt with an open hand, and you're talking about belts and extension cords?!?!??! WTF??

I've honestly never even heard of that. If your parents beat you with an freaking extension cord, then maybe you should refrain from giving others parenting advice until after you seek professional counseling. You're way off base, here.

Here's your line of reasoning, right back at you:

Time-outs are abuse. You lock them away to TEACH THEM A LESSON, AKA abuse. They always escalate into waterboarding and locking your children in cages for days on end without food or water. You're a monster for putting your children in time-out.


RE: It called parenting
By anactoraaron on 10/30/2011 2:35:38 AM , Rating: 2
I'm way off base? You're off the deep end. I said "you hit until it hurts enough to make your child cry" and that was abuse. Kids don't always cry when on a time out. I have heard stories of kids being hit with extension cords and if you haven't then you haven't asked enough people.

Locking your kids up without food or water?? WTF? Where the hell do you get that from??

Since when has corporal punishment been done responsibly? By it's very nature it is not. Way to jump off the deep end there bud. Equating time outs to torture. Good one.


RE: It called parenting
By Parhel on 10/30/2011 5:54:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm way off base? You're off the deep end.


Yes, you're way off base. You have three posts on Dailytech, meaning you registered only to weigh in on this topic. You have no credibility. On any Internet forum, when spanking is brought up, people like you seem to crawl out of the woodwork to equate spanking as discipline with child abuse.

quote:
Locking your kids up without food or water?? WTF? Where the hell do you get that from??


And I ask you, where the hell do you get off comparing spanking to hitting a child with a metal belt buckle?

quote:
Since when has corporal punishment been done responsibly? By it's very nature it is not.


By it's very nature??? That's sounds like a dogmatic assertion without even so much as an attempt to base it in fact.

Discipline your children however you want to. But don't pretend that your method is more humane, because it just isn't.


RE: It called parenting
By cjohnson2136 on 10/31/2011 10:14:13 AM , Rating: 1
No it escalates if parents are doing it WRONG. There was just a woman arrested because she put her kids in time-out by locking them in dog cages. There are people that do spankings wrong and their are people that do time-outs wrong. It doesn't make one method better then the other.

As for my parents my mom always cried after doing it because she felt so bad for doing it. That was one of the reasons why I would stop certain behavior because I didn't want to make her have to do something she didn't want to. Spanking itself is not abuse. A few taps with your hand on a butt are not going to hurt the child. If you take a belt or extension cord then yes that is abuse and has crossed the line, just like the mom locking her kids in a cage for time out is crossing the line.


RE: It called parenting
By Dr of crap on 10/31/2011 10:44:27 AM , Rating: 2
PLEASE,
Your taking this WAY to the extreme.
Spanking works.
Look at the violence of kids from the 30s-50s. There isn't much compared to today.
It was respect for your elders and respect for the law.
Kids today have neither, at least the majority of kids don't.
And we as a society let it be. My kids, on the other hand do have that respect. Why? Because I was the PARENT, and I swated them on the a$$ when needed.


RE: It called parenting
By cjohnson2136 on 10/31/2011 10:49:02 AM , Rating: 1
Dude I completely agree. I have been saying spanking works this entire time.


RE: It called parenting
By jang_clangle on 10/28/2011 4:20:16 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, that's what my brother always said, too. Now his 17 year old son is a convicted arsonist.

We had corporal punishment, and neither I nor my siblings are criminals. Add this personal experience to the anecdotal, yet overwhelming evidence I've been seeing all over for years that the hippy-dippy school of parenting creates little sociopaths.


RE: It called parenting
By cjohnson2136 on 10/28/2011 4:32:57 PM , Rating: 2
i'd agree because they don't respect the authority every blames someone else so they are not blamed for anything. To me a time out means nothing they sit in a spot for little bit and have nothing else happen.


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