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Gadgets and Kids : Development or Disaster?

Do you know that 1 out of 3 U.S. kids can use a mobile phone or tablet before they talk? In 2013 Daily mail reported that 29% of children use tech gadgets as toddlers and 70% master them completely by primary school age. Surprising? Indeed.

It looks amazing that a 2-year old knows how to use a cellphone or tablet. But is it really good that all those touch screen devices are so wide spread among the growing up generation? We gathered some facts and interviewed top US mommy bloggers about gadgets influence on kids. See what we found out. We gathered some facts and interviewed top US mommy bloggers about gadgets influence on kids. See what we found out.


In 1999 the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended no TV at all for kids under 2 and only two hours a day for older kids. That was before smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles appeared.

Today it’s almost impossible for an average adult to stay away from these technology advances. Just count how many tech devices you have at home. Unlikely that none.

And what our kids should do? For little children, imitation is a major development milestone. Their parents’ behavior is the common object of kids’ imitation games. How should they stay away from gadgets if their parents are stuck to iPads, Kindles, smartphones?

Action figures, puzzles, board games are no longer the favorite toys of today’s children. Touch screens have taken over all other forms of playful delight for kids. Maybe, this is why a personal tablet or smartphone are still the most desired presents for Christmas or birthday among kids 5-12.

A research by Michael Cohen Group reveals that 60% kids under the age of 12 play on a portable screen often, while 38 percent play very often. Gadgets have become the most preferable toys of younger generation.