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Developmental delays due to too much "screen time"

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests children under two should have little to no "screen time."  That's after studies showed youngsters, who watch too much TV may have developmental delays.  

As the high tech- interactive market grows, it is exploding with developmental apps for kids.  A new survey from the nonprofit group common sense media finds nearly half of kids between the ages of 2 and 4 already use a smart phone, a tablet, or a video iPod.  That percentage gets even bigger as the kids get older.  

So, how does that fit into the concern about too much "screen time"?  Many experts say we don't know yet. Pediatrician, Dr. Ari Brown, said, "There are some possibilities for educational tools learned on these screens and that's pretty cool, but we just don't know the benefits or risks yet because no one has had time to study this group of kids."

Dr. Brown says all the interactive apps could inspire new ways for kids to learn. Tablets are different from TV because kids can interact with them, which could inspire new ways to learn.  She emphasizes that tablets will never take the place of reading a book with mom and dad, or play time that is unplugged.  Since kids like to imitate their parent's behavior, she says mom and dad may need to put down their iPad, smartphone, or computer for a certain period of time every day, so their kids will learn to do the same.

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