The technology available to the youngest children is evolving rapidly, according to the results of a new survey from Common Sense Media.
The survey of more than 1400 parents of children 8 and younger found access to mobile devices and time spent on those devices had increased dramatically from the last survey done two years ago.
Common Sense Media produced an infographic that has the highlights of the survey.
According to some within Common Sense Media, the results should be seen as a wakeup call to parents and educators.
“Understanding what kids are using, how they’re using it, and how much time they spend on it can help lead to better products, better parenting, and better public policies,” Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media’s parenting editor, blogged about the results. “Media can have a profound effect—both positive and negative—on kids. If a 2-year-old can swipe a screen, we owe it to kids to create media and technology that maximizes the positives.”
This was the second time the group has conducted this study. The first was completed in 2011.