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There is much controversy concerning how much visual electronic media use is appropriate for children. According to the longitudinal study conducted by Christakis and his colleagues, they found that infants and toddlers who watched more television before age 3 had more attention deficit around age 7. However, they also found that educational television was not associated with attention problems later in childhood but that television for entertainment was. Also, there has been a link between slow language development and watching educational shows due to less interactions with the caregiver. There are some advantages for children using computers and other electronics such as computer skills needed for academic success and future employment. There are many advantages and disadvantages so it is important for parents to find a balance for their child’s use of electronic devices.

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