Letting a Baby Play on an iPad Might Lead to Speech Delays, Study Says

You see them everywhere: babies and children playing on smartphones, computers, tablets and gaming devices. For moms they’re good babysitters. For kids, they’re fascinating toys. But, as CNN Health reports, letting your little ones have all that screen time may be hindering their development. Researchers said expressive speech delays in using sounds and words were particularly noticeable in children who used these devices.

This adds to a growing body of evidence that shows that children need to have their screen time limited as their brains develop, particularly if they’re using Wi-Fi to access content on their devices. The dangers of electromagnetic fields (EMF) have been proven in numerous studies in cell phones alone.

But phones aren’t the only risk. Since wireless technologies are a fact of the world today, what you need to do is create your own parameters of safety for yourself and your children. Barring a life-threatening emergency, children should not use a cell phone or a wireless device of any type, as children are far more vulnerable to cell phone radiation than adults.

Limit your exposure to Wi-Fi in your home by unplugging routers when you’re not using them — or consider going back to Ethernet cables. Switch to flat-screen TVs and computer monitors as these emit less EMFs than the older styles. Remove electrical devices from sleeping areas. Ask your electric utility provider to remove wireless smart meters and replace them with a wired smart meter. 

Set nighttime curfews on the use of computers and tablets, and try not to give younger children access to these devices at all, no matter how tempting it is to let them have them.
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