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December 22, 2019 04:34 am

Ask Slashdot: At What Age Should Toddlers Get Screen Time?

Slashdot reader ne0phyte73 writes:I got my first computer (a Commodore 64) when I was 13. My daughter got hers (One Laptop Per Child) when she was 5. What are the current trends? I see new AI-powered edutainment products coming to the market, targeted at toddlers. Would you give something like this to your 18 months old? (Kidshealth claims that there should be no screen time at all until 18 months, with the exception of "video chatting with grandparents or other family friends, which is considered quality time interacting with others."). Well, developers of "Animal Island Learning Adventure" claim that they provide quality interaction with AI-powered characters. Do you believe in the claims of developers that this or similar systems help toddlers to develop? Would you give it to your child? If this is, in fact, a "quality interaction", would you give it to kids even before they are 18 months old? One review site said that particular learning adventure offers a tablet "pre-loaded with 60 days of ad-free content" focused on learning skills for preschoolers. Personally, that just makes me worry what would happen after 60 days. But share your own thoughts in the comments. At what age should toddlers get screen time?

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