Cris Rowan is a pediatric occupational therapist, meaning she's much smarter than me, and she made a sort of a controversial post that seemed to touch some nerves with tech-savvy parents. Based on this research by her and other professionals, children under 12 years should not be on handheld devices, with access to them restricted to a certain number of hours in a day.

Research suggests that children between 3-5 years of age can develop serious developmental and behavioral problems when exposed to technology more than four hours a day (this includes television and computer games). Here’s a condensed list of Rowan’s top ten reasons, via Neatorama:

1. Exposure to technology is bad for rapid brain growth of children from 0 to 2 years of age
2. Technology use restricts movement, and thus results in delayed physical development
3. TV and video game use correlates with increased obesity
4. 75% of kids who use technology in the bedroom have sleep deprivation
5. Technology overuse is a factor in child depression, anxiety, and other mental illness
6. Violent media can cause child aggression
7. “Digital dementia”: too much digital media cause decreased concentration and memory
8. 10% of children aged 8 to 18 are addicted to technology
9. Potential radiation emission from digital devices
10. The way children are raised and educated with technology is unsustainable

According to Rowan and her colleagues, this is a guideline for how much technology children should be exposed to based on their age.


Ok. Let her rip! How do you feel about this research?