The Washington Post
October 26th, 2011
Parents use smartphones as high-tech pacifiers for toddlers; ‘Yeah, but we had a nice dinner’: Wake Forest University psychology professor Deborah Best, who specializes in early childhood, agrees that children can benefit from programs that are age-appropriate and designed for learning. But “interacting with devices certainly does not replace one-on-one, face-to-face interaction between children and parents, or children and peers,” Best says. Those interactions, she says, help children learn such skills as reading emotions from facial expressions and taking turns in conversations.