High-tech bad parenting? Giving your kids a tablet.

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Posted by: Sue Atkins

 

 

Better living (or parenting) through technology?

That is the question posed by Nielsen in a recent study looking at the use of tablets in families with children. The firm finds that in households owning a tablet computer and with children under 12, 70% of children use the tablet. What these parents are letting them use the tablets for is likely cause for concern among those who feel parents today are not fulfilling their parenting duties. 77% of these children are playing games, while 57% use the tablet for educational purposes.

The rest of the most common responses read like how to keep children occupied without actually parenting: 55% use the tablet for entertainment purposes (less “Are we there yet?”, more peace and quiet); 43% to watch television and/or movies; and 41% to keep the child occupied while at a restaurant or event. Better living (or parenting) through technology? That is the question posed by Nielsen in a recent study looking at the use of tablets in families with children.

The firm finds that in households owning a tablet computer and with children under 12, 70% of children use the tablet. What these parents are letting them use the tablets for is likely cause for concern among those who feel parents today are not fulfilling their parenting duties.

77% of these children are playing games, while 57% use the tablet for educational purposes. The rest of the most common responses read like how to keep children occupied without actually parenting: 55% use the tablet for entertainment purposes (less “Are we there yet?”, more peace and quiet); 43% to watch television and/or movies; and 41% to keep the child occupied while at a restaurant or event.

At least 15% have used the device to keep in contact with other family members, but kids appear to be missing out on valuable life lessons, such as manners or learning from life’s experiences. It poses an interesting question as to whether or not society is only making the problems caused by technology worse, such as the end of interpersonal communication, or just not having the skills to deal with each other in real life.

Read more at ExtremeTech

Watch this little fella on his tablet ……what are your thoughts?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MGMsT4qNA-c

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