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10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’m calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years. Following are 10 research-based reasons for this ban. Please visit zonein.ca to view the Zone’in Fact Sheet for referenced research. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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Positive and negative impact of electronic devices and gadget to the Children Nowadays, we can easily found children as young as two years old are playing with an electronic devices and gadgets anywhere. That is not only the video games that make the children stay, it is also includes television, mobile phones and smart phone application, computers, tablet computers, PSP games and etc. Children tend to be active consumers, many electronic products and gadgets' commercial have been targeted to young children market. Parent may find it easier to make their children stay in one place by giving them a gadget to play with. The benefit of exposure of electronic devices and gadgets to children Everything has its usefulness and also its negative aspect on over-exposed to the devices and gadgets.

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