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Ever since smartphones and tablets have been launched, there's been an ongoing debate of their effect on the growth of kids, especially toddlers and those under two years. Some health experts and doctors have been saying that exposure to such devices is a negative thing, while others are saying that it doesn't harm if it the use is moderated. P[/FONT]ediatrician Dimitri A. Christakis, an expert on the effects of media on children and one of the main contributors of the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on restricting media use by children aged younger than 2 years, says that 30 to 60 minutes per day spent using an iPad or a similar device like a smartphone or another tablet, won't interfere with the child's natural growth. He says that a special attention should be given to the activity that the little one is engaged while interacting with, as interacting with a game on an iPad or other tablet is quite different from just sitting and viewing a screen.
Of course, health experts still advise that childrenâ€™s use of such devices should be closely monitored and that limits should be set so that device time doesnâ€™t interfere with the social and physical activities. What do you think - what's your take on this subject?