Parenting in Ireland 2021: Babies as young as six months given their own personal phones and tablets to “play” on which some believe will have an effect on brain, social and emotional development – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Parenting in Ireland 2021: Babies as young as six months given their own personal phones and tablets to “play” on which some believe will have an effect on brain, social and emotional development




A developmental therapist has told Newstalk that there is “plenty of study and research that is identifying that children as young as six months of age now are actually getting their own screened device to be playing on.”

Cognikids founder Olwyn Moran issued a warning on Newstalk that children’s screen time has jumped massively over the pandemic.
“The earlier a child has access to a screened device really does impact on brain development because, if you think about it, the brain really isn’t actually fully developed until about 19 or 20-years-of-age. So, the younger a child actually starts to use and interact with a screened device is definitely going to impact on the way the brain is developed and wired” she said.

Ms Moran said “We really need to be just very mindful about how we are introducing screens to our children and at what age.
Her own children are not allowed phones until they are 16-years-old, a decision she took, “knowing the impact on their development and the social, emotional and cognitive impact really.”

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