Can My Toddler Use My IPhone?

Find out if it's safe to let a toddler play with a smartphone or tablet.
ByThe Bump Editors
Mar 2017
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Dealing with a fussy toddler is tough, and distracting her with your cellphone seems like a good idea, but you may want to rethink it. While some research states it’s okay to expose your child to screen media in moderation, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under two years old should stay screen-free because your child’s brain is rapidly developing, and they’ll learn best from human interaction.

Don’t forget about the safety risks too. If baby drops a phone or tablet, batteries can fall out and screens can shatter, leading to injury. Also, have you seen reports that cellphones have traces of poop on them? Yeah, no matter how much you clean, your gadget could still be germy.

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