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Tablets and smartphones damage toddlers’ speech development

The Telegraph – Sarah Knapton

“Putting babies in front of iPads before the age of two stunts speech development, a new study suggests. In Britain children under the age of three spend an average of 44 minutes a day using smartphones and tablets but it is the first time researchers have shown it can impact language skills. Researchers from the University of Toronto and The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto found that every 30 minutes of screen time increased the risk of delayed speech by 49 per cent. By the age of two to three, infants should be able to communicate in sentences of between three and four words. But those who spent the most time on handheld devices were found to struggle with communication skills.”(more)

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