To be clear: No matter how much they’re begging for one, your kid probably doesn’t need a smartphone. official policy of American Academy of Pediatrics It is that learning for young children requires social interaction and exploration with peers and caregivers – a standard that may or may not be difficult to maintain right now during a global pandemic.
But if you’re looking for a digital device to entertain or distract them while they complete a task, I’m the second, or fourth, or tenth person to tell you: it’s absolutely fine. Here are some tools that have worked for me and my kids, ages 3 and 5. Many of these gifts require no parental supervision, and have solid parental controls that allow you to limit what your kids use. Less than 35 hours per day. If you want to see more options, check out our gift ideas for new parents or our guide to the best tablets for kids.
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