Think Again Before Giving Your Child a Tablet Computer, Experts Concerned

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | December 27, 2013 5:50 PM EST

Manufacturing companies have made tablet computers so easy that even a toddler is able to handle it easily. This may seem encouraging for some parents to feel that their kid has exceptional talents but some health experts are extremely worried about the trend.

One does not have to know how to read or write while operating a tablet since it is majorly operated through touch sensors. That is why children are capable of streaming movies or browsing through the photos or playing games even before they learn how to read and write.

A lot of parents use these gadgets to pacify their children so that they do not get disturbed by their tantrums. Children have quality time with these gadgets as they are often given such gadgets while their parents are driving, eating or busy shopping in a mall. The parents do not even feel guilty as they have an apparent conviction that the children are learning "some" things in the process.

According to some experts, there is no evidence of the assumption that any sort of screen time (Tablet or TV) results in any educational benefit to children. On the contrary, while using these gadgets, they often stay away from other activities that promote development in their brain cells, Business Today reports. Excessive screen time may even turn out to cause behaviour problems among children. Older children may suffer from delayed social development as well.

Seattle Children's Hospital's paediatrician Dr Dimitri Christakis, however, clarifies that researches related to tablets are still in its preliminary stages as such gadgets are relatively new in the market. Dr Christakis admits that interactive games on tablets may have educational value for children but marks that most children spend time in watching videos on them. In that case, tablets are no different from TVs, only more handy to carry around.

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