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Many Children Under 5 Are Left to Their Mobile Devices, Survey Finds

A recent survey in Philadelphia discovered that three-quarters of parents surveyed gave their children tablets, smartphones and iPods by age 4 and allowed them the use of these devices without any supervision.

Although the survey is small and not represented nationally, experts still say that “the surprising result adds to growing evidence that the use of electronic devices has become deeply woven into the experience of childhood.”

“The American Academy of Pediatrics had recommended total screen abstinence for children younger than 2, but lately has softened its stance. It now advises setting time limits, prioritizing what it calls unplugged play and not using devices as pacifiers to calm toddlers.”

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