Smartphones as Babysitters

We've all heard about parents using the TV as a babysitter, but more and more moms and pops are turning to their cell phones for relief. According to CNN, there's been an increase in the number of apps available via the iTunes App Store that cater to preschool or elementary-aged children. The good thing? These aren't mind numbing racing games, but rather, educational apps that help parents keep their kids occupied (and learning) while running errands.

While the amount of educational apps out there is one reason parents are handing their phones over to bored tots, the phones themselves are a earning tool well suited for toddlers.

"When you look at the design of the iPhone ... the interface is very tactile and well suited to what a child naturally does," Shuler said. "They think with their fingers. If they see something they like, they'll jab at it and touch it. And children love flipping things. If you flip the iPhone, something will happen. If you shake the iPhone, something will happen."

Do your kids look to your smartphone as another plaything? Are there children's apps you're particularly fond of?

via CNN via the Official Smarthome Blog

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