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‘iPad generation’ means nine in 10 toddlers live couch potato lives

The Telegraph – Laura Donnelly

“Just one in ten of the “iPad generation” of toddlers are active enough to be healthy, official Government data shows. Experts said Britain is “in the grip of an inactivity crisis” with two-year-olds spending increasing amounts of time hunched over gadgets, instead of moving about and playing traditional games…Health experts called for radical changes to the habits of today’s toddlers, warning that many were mimicking parents who spend much of their leisure time on tablets and smartphones…Government guidelines recommend that under-fives should undertake at least three hours of physical activity per day, in order to support brain, bone and muscular development, as well as encourage good habits for life. For those aged five to 15, the recommended minimum is one hour of moderately intensive activity a day.”(more)

Most 2-Year Olds Can Use Touchscreens, Apps, Survey Shows

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“New research published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood suggests that most two-year-olds are capable of using touch screens and can swipe, unlock, and actively search for features on smartphones and tablets…Findings for the study were based on a questionnaire pertaining to touchscreen access and use that was completed by 82 parents of children between the ages of 12 months and 3 years…Of the parents who owned a touchscreen device, 91% said their child knew how to swipe, 50% said their child could unlock the screen, and 64% said their child could actively search for apps or pictures on their devices…Recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics put out in 1999 concerning screen time for children age two and younger say that such activities should be discouraged, arguing that they put children at risk of being exposed to unsuitable material while also taking away from important developmental interactions and play time, reports Peter Russell for WebMD. However, these recommendations came before touchscreen technology, which experts suggest could have a different impact on children’s brain development.”(more)