BACKGROUND: Young children are too often exposed to mobile devices (MD) and most of them had their own device. The adverse effects of a early and prolonged exposure to digital technology on pre-school children has been described by several studies. Aim of the study is to analyze the consequences of MD exposure in pre-school children.
METHODS: We analyzed the documented effects of media exposure on children's mental and physical health.
RESULTS: According to recent studies, MD may interfere with learning, children development, well being, sleep, sight, listening, caregiver-child relationship.
DISCUSSION: Pediatricians should be aware of both the beneficial and side effects of MD and give advice to the families, according to children's age.
CONCLUSION: In according to literature, the Italian Pediatric Society suggest that the media device exposure in childhood should be modulated by supervisors.
- Child Development/physiology
- Child, Preschool
- Computers, Handheld/statistics & numerical data
- Follow-Up Studies
- Guidelines as Topic
- Mass Media/statistics & numerical data
- Risk Assessment
- Societies, Medical
- Surveys and Questionnaires
- Television/statistics & numerical data
- Time Factors