Baby's first tech toys trouble experts

  • Article by: Cecilia Kang , Washington Post
  • Updated: December 11, 2013 - 9:32 AM

From bouncy chairs to potty seats, babies can tap away at iPads. Child development experts are appalled.

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roodougDec. 11, 13 9:56 AM

When our son was born in 2002 our pediatrician said "If you can get him to the age of 3 with no television that would be ideal." Believe it or not we got him to the age of 4 with no television! We believe that played a huge role in his development. Of course, now at the age of 11 he loves him his TV and his Wii and his Nintendo 3DS, but babies and toddlers do not need that kind of exposure.

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milhouseDec. 11, 13 9:59 AM

Wow. All I had to learn how to go potty were M&M's. With very little exception, I've managed to do quite well into adulthood from those lessons. Now I feel robbed that my mother didn't hook up the Atari 2600 for me to potty train to Pac-man. (sarcasm)

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milwaukeemnDec. 11, 1310:11 AM

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, "Fire hot, fire bad."

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beaver88Dec. 11, 1310:21 AM

All this technology makes people less productive, not more productive and now we want to shove it in the face of 6 month olds.

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georgina17Dec. 11, 1311:16 AM

Wow. Who thought that teaching children to dawdle on the toilet was a good idea?

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georgina17Dec. 11, 1311:21 AM

My son was raised without TV or video gamesin our house. Since the neighborhood hung out here, he wasn't spending a whole lot of time on games elsewhere. He has now been out of the house for 10 years and is a successful software engineer. I believe that appropriate technology can be learned sufficiently at the appropriate age.

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pattymaDec. 11, 1312:04 PM

There are positive uses for the iPad, however. Our grandson lives 2000 miles away, but we can make videos for him to watch ... reading bedtime stories, showing him the snow, talking to him while baking Christmas cookies (and then mailing those cookies to him). Like everything in life, moderation is key.

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