Implemented rules for iPad’s can reduce damage to child health

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Online gadget retailers The Snugg, offer their opinion over concerns that tablets pose a potential health risk to young children.

The Express recently released an article revealing psychologists and parenting experts have shown concerns for the dangers in allowing very young children overuse tablets - (Full story : http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/379959/Children-are-taking-to-tablets-but-is-it-good-for-their-health)

Often the main focus of concern when young children use such technology is preventing it from being damaged when dropped or played with. However there are growing fears that much like television, the use of tablets amongst children is preventing them from becoming more active and healthy, as well as reducing their ability to socialise and explore their environment independently.

Child psychologist Dr Amanda Gummer highlighted her concerns over the use of tablets in everyday parenting, stating, “Technology is no substitute for parents sitting down with children to read and play games or for outdoor and creative play”. However she does believe that some screen time a day, even for very young children is acceptable, as this generation of children are the first to grow up surrounded by digital technology.

Child experts believe that setting time limits is the best way to control how much time children spend on electrical devices. They suggest that up to the age of 11 and 12, parents should keep to very strict times to teach their children to spend less time on their devices.

Experts such as Dr Chris Idzikowski of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre also highlighted the importance of children using prevented from using tablets before they go to bed. “Any device in the bedroom will disturb sleep, and don’t be fooled if your child says otherwise.”

Limiting child usage of tablets is also being encouraged to prevent personal details being given out and large bills for purchases being made by young children who may not understand the implications of their actions.

Speaking on behalf of online retailer The Snugg, Les Yates commented, “Today’s generation of children are able to use technology from a very early age, and there are many benefits for their education and development. Many parents are now allowing their children to use tablet devices as part of their playtime, with apps proven to encourage kids to play and learn as well as becoming a vital tool for young users who are suffering from autism. However we would always encourage parents to protect their children and ensure they set up suitable rules and limitations when using an iPad.”

The Snugg create a wide range of quality covers and accessories for a variety of tablets including the latest iPad Mini. Buy the iPad Mini case from Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Snugg-Leather-Elastic-Premium-Interior/dp/B0092PZZLS/

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