But parents found it difficult to know whether widespread exposure to these products was good for their children, as many of the devices had not been invented when they were children.
“Some will tell you that children have an affinity for technology that will be valuable in their future lives,” Plowman said. “But others think that children should not be playing with technology when they could be playing outside or reading a book.”
Plowman said that although there had been widespread media coverage about the advantages and disadvantages of children being exposed to computers and other digital media at an increasingly young age, there was little research on whether it really had an effect.
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Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @ Manchester Metropolitan University. Interested in digital literacy and digital culture in the third sector (especially faith). Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting.