Kids Going Mobile Younger Than Ever



We’re not sure if we should be surprised, impressed, or worried about this article from USA Today about a study from The American Academy of Pediatrics. Whatever the response, it discusses an interesting trend with kids and mobile devices that can’t be ignored.

What it has found is that there is “almost universal exposure,” early adoption and use of mobile devices among young children. According to the numbers, in families with children ages 8 and younger, 40% owned tablet devices such as iPads in 2013; and 75% of children had access to some type of smart mobile device at home. Devices are quickly catching up to TVs as well, with 97% of families owning a TV, while 77% of parents have a smartphone.

Here’s where things get really interesting. Nearly 97% of parents said their children used mobile devices in some form, most before their first birthday. And three-fourths of children owned their own mobile device by the time they reached the age of four.

It gets better: 20% of one-year-olds own a tablet, and 28% of 2-year-olds can navigate a mobile device with no help.

The article goes on to provide all sorts of compelling observations and advice around children and mobile devices, so it’s definitely worth a read.

Does your infant know their way around a mobile device?

By the CEL-FI Team


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