Scientists say that babies should be given iPads as soon as they are born to help them learn
New research by the University of London has found that using tablets provides more stimulation for newborns’ brains than books.
The findings go against previous studies which suggested looking at a screen can damage children’s social skills
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The Mail Online report:
Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith, who led the research, told the Sunday Times that babies should be given tablet computers ‘from birth’.
‘It is shocking how fast they learn, even faster than adults to do things like scroll up and down text,’ she said.
‘Books are static. When you observe babies with books, all they are interested in is the sound of the pages turning. Their visual system at that age is attracted by movement.’
Initially academics found a small group of babies – some aged six months and some 10 months old – could recognise the number three better if it was shown to them on an iPad.
Now the academics are using a larger sample of hundreds of babies and toddlers, with one group given the iPads from birth and the others not allowed to use tablets.
Prof Karmiloff-Smith believes the children given computers will show better signs of development, even if it not in a conventional sense.
She said: ‘They might put a corner in their mouth, they will then explore it physically [but] then they will used it to do things. Everything we know about child development tells us that tablet computers should not be banned for babies and toddlers.’
Neurologist Baroness Susan Greenfield – a former director at the Royal Institution – previously warned that children’s exposure to computer screens and games could cause a form of ‘temporary dementia’.
She said an unhealthy addiction to technology could disable connections in the brain, literally ‘blowing the mind’.