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Many babies and toddlers use mobile devices every day

November 12, 2015

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Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Claire McCarthy, MD, is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. McCarthy … See Full Bio
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Emma Alison
December 7, 2015

I think parents should avoid the contact of mobile devices with their babies as it can harm their mental development and growth. They would rather insist them to play with other soft toys. I personally provide only stuffed toys to my 6 years old daughter.

November 23, 2015

This is so true. imagine a Granpa of 110 years old playing xbox with his spouse. Thanks a lot for this post. its really informative. Its obvious we are about to see a greater than Steve Jobs, Apple, Mac facebook.
Guys your opinions on this topic would be greatly valued. Please take some time out to share with us your thoughts.

Angela Ursery
November 19, 2015

Thanks for this post. I’ve noticed the trend myself (though not among kids under 2–yikes!), and find it tremendously unsettling.
This is similar to ignoring children (or telling them not to disturb or even speak to adults, unless spoken to), a trend among certain families–including my own–when I grew up. Fortunately, I’d learned how to read at an early age, but I do think that practice hindered my social skill development.
I can’t begin to imagine what social, emotional, and cognitive costs will be borne by these electronically-appeased children. And society.

rakesh kumar
November 23, 2015

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