Toddlers who play non-educational games on touch screens have lower verbal test scores: Study

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“Technology can never replace a parent’s interaction with his or her child.”

Children who played non-educational games using touch-screen devices had lower verbal scores upon testing, according to a recent study by pediatricians from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. The study examined children from 0-3 years old that used touch-screen devices to determine if their use was of any educational benefit to infants and toddlers.

 

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More than 10,000 toddlers in the U.S. are prescribed ADHD drugs

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Doctors could be offering children dangerous prescriptions that will affect them for the rest of their lives.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers have found that doctors are prescribing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication to more than 10,000 American toddlers between the ages of two and three.

 

 

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TV stunts babies’ development: American Academy of Pediatrics

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Video screen time provides no educational benefits for children under age 2.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has warned that parents of infants and toddlers should limit the time their children spend in front of televisions, computers, self-described educational games and even grown-up shows playing in the background. Video screen time provides no educational benefits for children under age 2 and leaves less room for activities that do, like interacting with other people and playing, the group said.

 

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On the Flip Side of the Obesity Crisis Some Parents Are Putting Their Babies on Diets

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Increasing numbers of parents are controlling the diets of their babies and toddlers.

With one in ten children under two overweight, in the U.S. the obesity crisis is getting worse each year. But some parents are so worried about preventing the problem, they are putting their babies on diets.

 

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Study: Future Criminals Could be Identified as Toddlers

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Identifying youngsters at such an early age could be a cheap way of tackling a range of issues from drug abuse to prison overcrowding.

Tantrums and lack of self control in toddlers is a sign they may grow up to be drugs addicts and criminals, claims research. Badly behaved children as young as three are also the most prone to financial and health problems in adulthood.