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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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RE: It called parenting
By hankw on 10/28/2011 3:17:02 PM , Rating: 3
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

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.

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