According to one of the Pediatrics‘ study, the majority of children starting from the age of 1!! (96.6%) regularly use mobile devices. Yes, you read this correctly – Age of ONE.
Starting from the age 2, the majority of kids use a smart device on a day to day basis, spending, therefore, comparable screen time on tele- and mobile- devices. Interesting is the fact that parents let their kids use devices when doing work around the house (70%), to calm them (65%), and during bedtime (29%). By the time toddlers reach the age of 4, 50% of them have their own TV-sets and three-fourths their own mobile device. Children aged 3 and 4, meanwhile, are able to use devices without any help, with one-third being engaged in media multitasking.
Once your kids become teenagers, they can use mobile devices and computers even better than you. Shocking statistics, isn’t it?
More about the study: Cross-sectional study interviewed 350 kids aged 6 months to 4 years. All of these kids were seen October to November 2014 at a pediatric clinic in an urban, low-income, minority community. The survey was adapted from Common Sense Media’s 2013 nationwide survey.
Yep, getting kids online is the easy part, but protecting them is the difficult part. But how can we be sure that they are seeing the proper online content or “friending” with the right or at least, not dangerous, people? Today every grown-up knows how dangerous online world could be. That is why it is the duty of every parent to teach his or her kids general online safety issues. Plus, taking advantage of a reliable parental control app, for example, mSpy is recommended.
Meanwhile, we remind you that mSpy now is one of the key instruments to safeguard modern children online. It is one of the best ways nowadays to really acknowledge any child’s interests and concerns. With the GPS tracking, parents can know if their children are in the wrong or dangerous neighborhood; with the messaging records, including texts, emails and most messengers – the cyber-bullying problem can be prevented. With the web browsing history reports, concerned parents can make sure that children are not spending time on pornography or gambling websites.