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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 10/30/2011 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.


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