New study finds alarming trends among kids and technology use

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 8, 2015) – A new study out overnight has some shocking findings when it comes to how much time kids spend using technology, like smart phones and iPads.

Many adults use these everyday with great benefits, but, experts say, kids who use these often could suffer in how they develop, specifically their speaking and hearing abilities.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) surveyed parents of kids under 9-years-old about how their kids use technology.

The most shocking finding, they say, is how many very young kids use technology.

ASHA found:

  • 68 percent of parents said their 2-year-old uses a tablet
  • 59 percent of parents said their 2-year-old uses a smartphone
  • 44 percent of parents said their 2-year-old plays video games
  • More than half of parents surveyed worry this could harm their child’s hearing (55 percent) and speech skills (52 percent)

Experts say these numbers show dangerous trends because human interaction is key to developing strong communication.

“Modeling as a parent appropriate use of technology, are you the parent that can’t ever let go of that device?” said Deborah Dixon with ASHA. “Even as you’re choosing a caregiver, those are kinds of questions you want to talk about, how would you spend your time with my child?”

Dixon said parents should take advantage of every day events, like trips to the grocery store, and turn those into engaging experiences with children.

Click here for more on the study and to learn more about ASHA.

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