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Laptops, Cell Phones: This Baby Got Tech!

Do you remember your first laptop computer? Your first smartphone? Are you still waiting to experience the joy of the tablet? Most of us have been around long enough to see this massive change in portable technology but there’s a new generation that has never known anything else. They’re the iGeneration and they were born, almost literally, with a mobile phone in their hands.

According to a new survey by BlogHer and Parenting, one in four moms said that they’ve let their two-year-old use their mobile phone. You’ll be comforted to know that the average age to have their own mobile phone is 13, with smartphone scaling slightly older at 15.

Not surprisingly, the younger Generation Y parents, are allowing their kids to use technology even earlier than they were allowed as kids. Of course, some of these numbers are skewed by the fact that the devices are more commonly available and less expensive than they were a generation earlier. When I was as kid, the most radical piece of technology we owned was a CB radio. Back then, chatting with random truckers was the 70′s equivalent of IMing on Facebook. Breaker, breaker 1-9. . .

While I reminisce, you look at the numbers.

With all of this tech in the hands of our children, you might worry that they’re lacking for human contact. Not true, says the study. Though texting has replaced a written note for communicating with kids, 89% of parents said they talk to their child in person on a daily basis.

For more information, check out the E-Moms; Engaged, Enabled and Entertained slide presentation at BlogHer.

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    My 8 years old son play with little cars the same way I did when I was a kid.
    All the others, well.. were unknown to me.. 40 years ago.
    Thanks for the post.

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    I will not let my son raising with ps3 or xbox and spend all his time with them!

    Lego is the best. Or simply let your children run after plastic balls and wooden cars :))

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  • http://blog.us.cision.com Ryo Yamaguchi

    Cynthia, interesting, though certainly not surprising, numbers here. While I feel for George Carlin’s lament, “what happened to sitting in the dirt with a stick,” I can’t help but feel these technologies do open up communications and DO INCREASE human connectivity. Of course they do. And creativity. And problem solving. These are enabling tools and who better to be an enabled than a child. Now I would be careful to lump all of these into one big tech category. While I think a child using a computer is a great thing, I do caution with things like gaming systems. There is such a thing as too much fun, and I have seen it with my nephews over and over: gaming systems provide it. I think parent’s can see when a piece of tech is part of a child’s life, and when it is the totality of it and, of course, should know how to avoid the latter. Love this by the way: “While I reminisce, you look at the numbers” :).