Evidence suggests that for many young parents, smartphones and iPads are the new babysitters.
Zact, a mobile phone services company, has released a survey showing one in four children younger than 2 years old has a smartphone. The same percentage owns a smartphone between 2 and 5.
Most of the toddlers used their smartphones between 1 and 2 hours a day, the survey said.
A recent Pew survey concluded that it’s unlikely parents are using smartphones and tablets as babysitters. It suggested they’re being used as books.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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