Parents Frequently Using TVs, Tablets as ‘Electronic Babysitters’

 

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The small study just 44 families found preschoolers now often spend hours each day watching TV or playing video games with little or no oversight or interaction from a parent. Only a handful of kids aged 3 to 5 years old received active engagement from their moms as they sat glued to the “electronic babysitter,” according to the University of Michigan study. Parents often using TVs, tablets as ‘electronic babysitters’. by Dennis Thompson, Healthday Reporter. (HealthDay)—For some families, moments where parents spend time playin. Parents Often Using TVs, Tablets as ‘electronic babysitters’. For some families, moments where parents spend time playing, reading or conversing with kids may be a thing of the past, new research suggests.

The small study—just 44 families—found preschoolers now often spend hours each day watching TV or playing video games—with little or no oversight or interaction from a parent. Parents Often Using TVs, Tablets as ‘Electronic Babysitters’ FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) For some families, moments where parents spend time playing, reading or conversing with kids may be a thing of the past, new research suggests. Parents often using TVs, tablets as ‘electronic babysitters’ 10 June 2016, by Dennis Thompson, Healthday Reporter (HealthDay)—For some families, moments where. Parents often using TVs, tablets as ‘electronic babysitters’ Only a handful of kids aged 3 to 5 years old received active engagement from their moms as they sat glued to the “electronic.

Communication experts say it is best to watch TV with young children A quarter of parents of young children in the UK admit using the television. If you’re a parent and you’ve used your tablet or smartphone to babysit your child at some point, you’re not alone. Many parents do the same. At least that’s what a. A quarter of the surveyed parents said that whether they used gadgets as makeshift babysitters depended on the situation.

Travel, boredom and family functions. Washington, VOA News Television has become such a major part of life that many American parents use it as a babysitter, and that has child psychologists concerned. A new study shows that almost one-third of families have TVs in children’s’ bedrooms, and the number of television programs geared toward infants is growing.

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Kabali and colleagues (2015) report that 75% of children under the age of 4 own a mobile device and 81% use such devices on a daily basis.

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The phenomena of parent’s passing back smartphones to keep their children amused, or having televisions available in the family car; or joint engagement around the iPad, computer, or television are typically examined for the parental motivations for bringing media to babies.

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Electronic and Toddlers Devices, Television, Many parents allow their infants and toddlers to use tablets and smartphones to keep the child occupied and decrease crying.

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Based on a national sample of 8to 18-year-olds in 2009, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that children are watching an average of almost 4.5 hours of TV and videos or DVDs per day, some of it on handheld devices such as a cell phone (Rideout, Foehr, & Roberts, 2010).

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Indeed, these observations would indicate that parent-child interactions with computers may be much more active than those interactions with television.

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In fact, this sometimes produced considerable ambivalence in parents, when they talked about how using the smartphone as an “electronic babysitter” in this way could have a stigma attached— especially when they were visible to other adults in public spaces.

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Television, computers, gaming consoles, smartphones, or electronic tablets are considered screen time and often considered to be a “babysitter” when overused, but many educational and exciting programs are offered during prime-time hours.

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Notable examples of such equipment include TV, cable or satellite set-top boxes, tablets or the smartphones of the parents, when those let their children play with it.

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Because all of this technology is now so readily available on smartphones or tablet devices, it becomes increasingly more difficult for parents to monitor their children’s media use with these small portable devices.

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by George W. Holden
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Thus, highly stressed families may experience TV and other screen media (e.g., tablets) as instrumental in making sure that the child is occupied, calm, and well-fed.

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  • Not to hate but these kind of videos and opinions are just outdated because technology is growing and screens become better and more suitable for people. Grow up boomers please, generations are changing.

  • Only like the comment if you watched the full movie I even mean the credits because there might be a third just maybe I just finished watching it even if means staying up

  • I was affected to my iPad because it’s my favourite game I play it morning nights and everyday is there a way to stop playing iPad because I might get cancer

  • little kids are allright. i come here for 11 15 year olds.i am 11 and i want to know if stayng on the pc or laptop can damage your brain memory eyes and concentracion.if yes than PCs Phones TVs Tablets are the worst thing that could happen beacause we have to learn.Although i like to play or watch on my laptop i think it does very bad to my brain.And even if i know this and i try to not watch tv pc and other stuff i still cant stop because this is for me and other kids like a drug.

  • I play a lot, but I still do other things like being creative, hanging out with family/friends, and schoolwork. I am above average on screens.

  • NO, NOT ENOUGH SCREEN TIME. 23.99 HRS IS NOT ENOUGH FOR ME.
    (joking)
    but seriously, legos are expensive when you buy a set of 1000000 T_T

  • Well i grew up with toys in early childhood and later in life spent a lot of time by playing sports with friends or just hanging out,im 16.but then i see my younger cousins who are not even 1 and have access to phones but they still play around,so i think limiting it to a minimu is the key

  • i grew up in the 2000’s (2006-2010) and i usually as an introvert i just drew and watched tv sometimes, and i didnt have a family ipad until 2012, and my own until 2015, cant say the same for my brother can my mum seriously take it away?!

  • I agree that the devices should be used as a teaching device not a babysitter.  I thought this video was about too many (multi-computer) monitors the three or four command center setup.

  • now i other kid playing there phone while shopping WHAT THE HELL NOW THEY DOING IT AT SHOPS TO I DON’T BRING MY IPAD TO THE SHOP I BRING MY MONEY AND SEE WHAT I CAN BUY OR HELP OUT

  • Can You Tell Me In My Case Im I have A Mid-Term Holiday But Im Stuck In Home Nothing to do but look at the screen And Rek Peoples Faces On Roblox ON My Computer What Can I Do Else
    AND MY PARENTS SAY DO SOMETHING ELSE WHAT SHOULD I DO

  • Well guess what? Technology is growing and more people are going to go on there electronics more. We’re not in the 1990’s anymore, get used to it parents!

  • Even I love playing a lot of games and I could play for hours if I ever wanted to. But I’m not so addicted that I won’t enjoy other things in life.