Toddlers May Be At Risk From Technology, Warn Experts

 – May 7, 2014  –– 

According to a recent study by San Francisco-based Common Sense Media, 38 percent of babies under two-years-old use tablets or smartphones, up from 10 percent in 2011. As the technology’s popularity with the diaper-wearing set outpaces what is known about the neurological and cognitive impact on their brains, child development experts say less — or no — exposure may be best in the first 24 months. “When does it become a problem?” asked Eyal Shemesh, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Behavioral Pediatrics, and Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “We do not have the right research to answer that. I think that a child that young is not well served by being exposed for even an hour.”

-Dr. Eyal Shemesh, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Behavioral Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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