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'Parents should consider use of touchscreens'

ByMONTEFIORE MEDICAL CENTER
December 22, 2012 00:07

In era when iPads beat out Legos, parents must be mindful that moderation is key in this digital age, expert says.

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NEW YORK – In an era when iPads are beating out Legos for the top spot on kids’ Christmas wish lists, parents need to be mindful that moderation is the key in this digital age, according to Montefiore Medical Center child psychologist Rahil Briggs, Psy.D.

“While electronic devices and gadgets can be educational and often provide parents time to tackle their to-do lists, we’re learning that too much screen time can impact brain and language development in children,” said Dr. Briggs, director of the Healthy Steps program at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. “Technology and games may play important roles in our lives, but we can’t forget the value of personal interaction and healthy lifestyles.”

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