My six-year-old son might just be the perfect candidate for ASIO. That is, if they are looking for code cracking under 8s.
The thing is, no matter how many times I change the lock code on my phone he seems to be able to break in. The lure of Angry Birds is just too much!
On the other hand my two year old made a gingerbread biscuit the other day, all by herself, no mess, no cleaning up. No me-licking-the-bowl-when-the-kids-weren’t -looking. In many ways it was the perfect way to teach her to cook. She even put the ipad away when she’d finished.
Screen time is an integral part of life for kids these days. New research out this week has revealed that mobile media among young kids has tripled in two years. Nearly 40% of two year olds had used a mobile device, like an tablet or an smartphone, compared to 10% in 2011. The average amount of time children spend using mobile devices has now tripled, from five minutes a day to 15 minutes a day (the average daily use among all 0- to 8-year-olds).
The more alarming news, however, was that teenagers spent on average more than seven hours a day on some form of entertainment device. This finding prompted a new set of recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday.
“Many parents are clueless about the profound impact media exposure can have on their children," Dr. Victor Strasburger, lead author of the new American Academy of Pediatrics policy, told Associated Press.
“This is the 21st century and they need to get with it."
The policy is aimed at all kids, including those who use smartphones, computers and other Internet-connected devices. It expands the academy’s longstanding recommendations on banning televisions from children’s and teens’ bedrooms and limiting entertainment screen time to no more than two hours daily.
Under the new policy, those two hours include using the Internet for entertainment, including Facebook, Twitter, TV and movies; online homework is an exception.
“I guarantee you that if you have a 14-year-old boy and he has an Internet connection in his bedroom, he is looking at pornography,” Strasburger said.
The policy notes that three-quarters of kids aged 12 to 17 own mobiles; nearly all teens send text messages, and many younger kids have phones giving them online access.
“Young people now spend more time with media than they do in school — it is the leading activity for children and teenagers other than sleeping,” the policy says.