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We asked parents from 12 countries if they believe children under 5 should own a screen device...

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Here are some of their responses...

"Younger children by preference should not use them, because this affects the development of their other abilities. Although many parents do this for an outing or break, an entertaining toy is better than a screen."

"For our household, it depends. Our 13 year old has a smartphone, my 7 year old has game consoles with limited screen time a day and our 4 year old only gets to watch cartoons on the TV, not tablet. I can't say I'm overly enthusiastic about them spending time on devices but at the same time, we still have full control over what they look at and for how long."

"Definitely not, currently we see how even adults have become dependent on social networks, games, the use of cell phones and devices in general. If adults aren't conscious and responsible in their use, that is less reason to allow a newborn or child to spend hours and hours on a screen..."

"I think under 5 there should be an attempt to be educational and interactive, and there should certainly be limits. I personally think no kid under high school age should have a functioning cell phone (they are ok for games, but no calls, texts, social media). My kids are 7 and almost 10.

The older one got a leapfrog tablet when he was about 3. Its all educational/semi educational stuff, and he was never super obsessed with it. He also got a kindle fire shortly afterwards. Not as educational but did have pretty good parental controls, but also didnt use it a ton."

"I went into parenting thinking I was NEVER going to use screen time. I realized balance is good, you and your child need rest from the coloring, toys, park, etc. There's educational shows and games, 30 minutes here and there won't hurt. My daughter, people comment she's ahead, and I'm sure she's learned plenty from Sesame Street etc."

"I think under 5 there should be an attempt to be educational and interactive, and there should certainly be limits. I personally think no kid under high school age should have a functioning cell phone (they are ok for games, but no calls, texts, social media). My kids are 7 and almost 10.

The older one got a leapfrog tablet when he was about 3. Its all educational/semi educational stuff, and he was never super obsessed with it. He also got a kindle fire shortly afterwards. Not as educational but did have pretty good parental controls, but also didnt use it a ton."

If kids under two shouldn't use devices, then why is there a market of digital content for them?

Ashley DeLeon Media © 2023

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