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Monday, December 12, 2011

Do toddlers really need computers to learn? by Liz Szabo.

"Time was when all kids wanted for Christmas was to sit on Santa's lap. Now, they may get a laptop.
This year, a number of toymakers are hoping to stuff babies' stockings with kid-size computers, some targeting babies too young to talk — a trend that worries many parents and pediatricians." summarizes Liz Szabo.
Photo: USA Today

iPad-like options for kids include LeapFrog's $99 LeapPad Explorer Tablet, VTech's $80 InnoTab Learning App Tablet and the $389 Vinci Touchscreen Mobile Learning Tablet. Vinci's ads feature a cherub-cheeked baby — who looks only about 8 months old — mouthing the product's rubbery handle.

That has earned the Vinci the honor of "worst toy of the year" at the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time — TV, computers or cellphones — for children under 2, and no more than two hours a day after that.

Yet there's no evidence that these products offer any benefit for kids under 2, says pediatrician Dimitri Christakis of the University of Washington in Seattle.

Source: USA Today