Toddlers and touchscreens

Many parents are unsure whether they should encourage the use of touch screens such as mobile phones and tablets with toddlers and young children. Are touch screens just a quick and easy distraction for children? There are many apps and programs that are promoted as educational for this age group, but are they really? Are there any risks in introducing screen technology too early? 

On behalf of our Early Years Taskforce partners at Parenting SA, Dr Justin Coulson, nationally recognised parenting speaker, author and researcher, discusses the pros and cons of the digital age for children 0 – 5 years. He outlines the recommendations for screen use in this age group and gives parents and carers tips on how to manage electronic media use, including how and when to introduce phones, tablets, apps and e-games, and how to set limits.