'Toddlers’ use of apps, websites and the internet has exploded to such an extent that the average pre-school child, including under twos, spends more than an hour a day online, rising to two hours or more a day for a third of five to six-year-olds, according to the report compiled for the department of culture.
Tablets are so widely used by toddlers that baby equipment manufacturers have launched special iPad holders to fit onto baby high chairs, car seats and strollers with “a water resistant surface that guards [the iPad] against spills, dribbles and drools.” They are available on Amazon for under £10.
“I am very concerned about screens for babies,” Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner told The Telegraph. “It is deeply depressing and has no place in the baby equipment list.”
According to the review by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, which reports to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, rising internet use among very young children is one of the key trends since its last research six years ago.
Children are also spending more time online and have shifted from shared to personal devices. Babies and toddlers tend to use tablets, largely because other devices require reading or typing abilities.
Young children in the UK are more likely to own a tablet than those in any other EU country, often hand-me-downs from an elder sibling or parent.'
Read more: One in four children under two has their own tablet, MPs' report shows
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