30 Mar '12, 7pm

Concerns grow over children using tablet computers

Concerns grow over children using tablet computers

NEW YORK — Electronic tablets like the iPad are a revolutionary educational tool and are becoming part of childhood, but should be watched carefully so that overuse doesn't lead to learning or behavioral problems, experts say. "It's a topic that really emerged in the last two years. You can't pull it from their hands," Warren Buckleitner , editor of Children's Technology Review, said this week at a New York panel titled "Baby Brains and Video Games." According to a late 2011 survey of 2,200 parents and children in Britain and the United States , 15 percent of kids between three and eight had used their parents' iPad. Nine percent had their own iPad, while 20 percent had their own iPod . The same study, by the marketing agency Kids Industries , found 77 percent of parents believed that using tablets was beneficial for their children and the same number thought the gadgets h...

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