LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Many children on Santa’s "good list" this year got phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets under the tree they've joined a quickly growing number of kids glued to their mobile devices. Including those still in diapers. Like little moths to a flame, kids are naturally drawn to the glowing light of electronic devices. Even parents reluctant to embrace the kid technology revolution have given in to repeated requests to hand their phones over even if just for a few moments. James Stever, CEO of Common Sense Media says “Whether we like it or not, these extraordinary new devices are here to stay." Common Sense Media recently found a giant leap in the number of young children with access to mobile devices. Within the past two years the percentage of kids under age 9 who've used smartphones and tablets soared from 38-percent to more than 70-percent. This includes more than a third of kids under 2. Stever commented, "You have all sorts of toddlers, and young kids from 0 to 5 walking up to screens - TV screens - and trying to swipe them thinking that they're a tablet or a Smartphone." Some tablets are now designed for tiny hands there's even an infant bouncy seat outfitted for an Ipad. The key is setting a good example. "If you're glued to your phone or your computer or your Ipad, and you're not paying attention to your kids, they will do the same thing! They will watch your behavior”, said Stevers. Maybe they won't watch as much of what's on the screen if parents reinforce interaction with the three-dimensional world. The attraction of hand held devices appears to be partially responsible for another finding of the common sense media report. Young children are -not- spending as much time on the computer, watching televisions or playing video games.
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