June 28, 2017
A recent article from CNN speaks to hand held screen time and speech delays. Many of us are guilty of using iPads and iPhones as distractors for children. Many of us use them as a distractor for ourselves. How many times have you been out at a restaurant, having a lovely meal, and your spouse (or you) spend a significant amount of time on your phone? Guilty as charged.
Now it seems that the devices are causing harm to young children in the form of speech delays. A new study found “that the more time children between the ages of six months and two years spent using handheld screens such as smartphones, tablets and electronic games, the more likely they were to experience speech delays.” This is the first study of its kind.
Parents may be versed in screen time as it pertains to computers, video games, and television. It is of note that now handheld devices are included in this group for screen time. It seems obvious, but nevertheless, is worth contemplating. It may be hard to quantify handheld device screen time because it has become such a reflexive response to use them.
Perhaps we all could learn from this study and track how much time is spent on our devices. It could be very eye opening and perhaps a bit dismaying.