My wife and I were out for dinner. At the next table, a young couple were also eating while their two-year-old daughter played on an iPad. Welcome to modern parenting.
In 2011, Nielsen, a global information and measurement company, reported that 70 percent of parents let their children under 12 use their tablets. In January, Ottawa-based MediaSmarts reported that almost all of the Grade 4 to 11 students it surveyed used the Internet, and most owned a cell or smartphone by Grade 7.
And according to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center in New York, over 80 percent of the top-selling apps in iTunes’ education category target children, with almost 60 percent targeting toddlers and preschoolers.
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