Apr 3, 2018
It’s common to see parents and young children interacting with digital media on smartphones and tablets. But how does the use of these devices impact young children? The answer, according to K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles, depends on whether parents and children are actively engaged in the use of digital media. He says engagement with digital tools can support family interactions, support healthy development through co-viewing or co-playing, and promote school readiness. However, when these devices are used as a babysitter, it can isolate family members from one another and actually slow a young child’s social development.
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