With the wide array of electronic devices available in our everyday lives, it appears that children have formed an attachment to a different kind of toy.
According to the latest survey, 77 per cent of polled US, UK parents believe that iPads and other tablets are good educational tools that boost kids' creativity.
Meanwhile, researchers in this field explain that it is a matter of balance - and a child's access to tablets and other similar electronic devices should be monitored.
Specialists warn that using tablets in excess could cause attention deficit disorder and even autism, particularly at a very young age.
Parents should be aware of the first signs of trouble when they cannot remove their kid from their beloved iPad. Beside losing their favourite toy, the child could display some pretty serious symptoms.
Lisa Guernsey, author of "Screen Time: How Electronic Media -- From Baby Videos to Educational Software -- Affects Your Young Child," suggests that parents should notice the children's behaviour: "Can they focus on a conversation, not look a screen for 30 minutes?"
If the iPad becomes the electronic babysitter, researchers in child development point out that the balance could be lost - regardless of the device's benefits.
Source: NY DailyNews (opens in new tab)