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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 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
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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.

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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?

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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.


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