23 Apr '12, 6pm

Do you let gadgets babysit your kids?

Do you let gadgets babysit your kids?

Photo: flickingerbrad /Flickr.com Let me just start by saying that, yes, I have absolutely and without shame used an electronic gadget as a babysitter for my kids on more than one occasion. In fact, anytime we are expected to be on the road for longer than 30 minutes, I make sure that I have my iPod Touch charged up for my 9-year-old, and my Kindle Fire ready for my 6-year-old. This strategy has brought peace and harmony to situations that were otherwise dicey (14-hour road trip to Florida, anyone?) and even provided me the opportunity to listen to my own choice of radio station in the car. And it looks like I'm not alone. A new study has revealed that 60 percent of children use a mobile app on their parents' devices at least four times a week. A quarter of those kids play apps daily. And more than half (58 percent) of parents felt guilty about it. Of course, I should also...

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