Early Exposure to Tablets and Smartphones Can Cause Delayed Speech Development in Toddlers

Early Exposure to Tablets and Smartphones Can Cause Delayed Speech Development in Toddlers

If you’re a parent and have a young one on your hands, then you might have noticed how drawn kids, and toddlers in particular, are to tablets and smartphone and the shiny, fun games and apps these come with. And, let’s face it, you might be tempted to allow them to play around on them for a bit in order to keep them happy and make your life easier. However, while this might give you some well-deserved hours of rest and silence, it’s really bad for your child’s development. Keep reading to find out why.

New Study Proves Danger of Delayed Speech

While your toddler might be happy enough to play on a smartphone and tablet, this can actually hinder his or her growth in a number of ways. And now, a new study has proved what many of us feared: prolonged exposure to tablets and smartphones from an early age can impede a child’s speech permanently.

Pediatric guidelines have already been updated in this direction, and every doctor now will suggest that you limit your toddler’s screen time if you want to make sure they develop properly and don’t face any more serious issues later on. However, there is still more necessary research to be conducted in order to completely understand the screen activities of toddlers and even infants (yes, some parents even let their infants use devices).

However, preliminary results still indicate without any trace of doubt that exposing your child to tablet or smartphone directed activities from a too young age will permanently damage their growth. Therefore, it’s advisable that you refrain from doing so as much as possible. After all, any parent should know that, once you have kids, their safety and health become a top priority.

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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