Jul 12, 2013

New Study Shows Parents Use Tech Gadgets to Babysit Their Kids

A recent report says that 58% of parents use a tech gadget to "babysit" or occupy their child.

On average, parents say they employ this method of child care twice a week.

25% of parents say that whether they use the gadgets as makeshift babysitters depends on the situation.

Travel, boredom and family functions are the most common times when parents use a smartphone, tablet or handheld game console to keep their children busy and entertained.

27% say they supervise their children while they are using technology.  15% of parents say they never resort to technology to babysit their kids.  About half of those parents say it's because they don't want their kids to watch, play or buy inappropriate games or programs.

The majority of parents think it's fine since they grew up playing Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and Pac Man.

What do you think?
Should parents use technology to occupy some of their child's time?
If you are a parent, do you use technology to occupy some of your child's time? 
What are the pros and cons?
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