Parenting In The Age Of Apps: Is That iPad Help Or Harm?
March 16, 2014
Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a pediatrician
“One thing children of all ages never say or never even think when they interact with passive media is, ‘I did it,'” he says. “Because of course, you don’t do anything when you watch a screen. But you do do things when you interact with a touchscreen device.”
overstimulation damages young brains
mouse model of overstimulation -> deficits in cognition
iPads are only 4 years old
Because tablet technology is so new, pediatric researchers don’t have a lot of data on how touchscreen devices affect children.
“Unfortunately, the pace of research is much, much slower than the pace of technological advances,” Christakis says.
[see also: https://franzcalvo.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/no-recommendations-on-educational-screen-time]
there’s no reason why a caregiver can’t use an app with their child,” he says.
“It’s a great opportunity for what we call ‘joint attention‘ — the interactions between a child and a caregiver, the back-and-forth, which is critical not just to language development, but brain development.”