Children 'using smartphones even before learning to talk'

London, Oct 30 : More than 29 percent of youngsters are said to be playing games on smartphones or ipads, even before they can string together a sentence, according to a study.

Around 70 percent of children already know how to use the latest gadgets before beginning to go to school, according to electronic learning company VTech.

Therefore, by the time they are five years old, these children have already sent 116 texts and 85 emails, reported.

The study revealed that from the 2000 parents, having children under 11 showed that 47 percent of them found information for their schoolwork from the Internet, as compared to 15 percent who use traditional books.

According to the findings, the usage of smartphones is encouraged by parents, with around 42 percent buying electronic devices for their children for educational purposes.

However, the downside effect of the same reveals that 13 percent of children have accessed inappropriate things online, and 13 percent have called 999 accidentally

VTech's Charlotte Johnson said that children have become more tech savvy and connected to the world than ever before.

--ANI (Posted on 30-10-2013)

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