38% Of Children Under 2 Use Mobile Media
Updated: Wednesday, October 30 2013, 07:01 AM CDT
(Common Sense Media Study) - Nearly two in five children have used a tablet or smartphone before they could speak in full sentences, according to a new report.
Conducted by family advocacy organization Common Sense Media, the study found that 38% of children under the age of 2 have used a mobile device for playing games, watching videos or other media-related purposes. In 2011, only 10% had.
By the age of 8, 72% of children have used a smartphone, tablet or similar device.
The study found that mobile-device use among very young children is growing rapidly, especially compared to other mediums. Television viewership remained stable, with 66% of children under 2 watching in both 2011 and 2013.
Computer use grew from 4% to 10% over the two years, but DVD viewership actually declined, from 52% in 2011 to 46% in 2013.
Not only are more children using tablets and smartphones, they're using them for longer periods of time. The amount of time spent using these devices tripled: In 2013, children ages 0 to 8 spent an average of 15 minutes a day using mobile devices; that's up from 5 minutes a day in 2011.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents should bar all screen time, including mobile devices, for children under 2. When tablets and smartphones are used responsibly, and both time used and content is monitored, devices can serve many educational purposes.