According to the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Pediatrics Volume 126, researchers are finding that the excessive use of screen devices has significant effects on children's brains and their development.
"Seeing, hearing, tasting, touching and smelling are the main ways we experience our world, so if we are not using these five senses, then we are not learning the best of our brain's abilities," say the researchers.
It may seem easy for our children to sit for hours using devices, and even comfortable especially for caregivers to entertainor soothe them with these devices, however, side effects must be taken into account. For example, it has become common that when a child cries they are handed an iPad to immediately soothe them. Or even if a child is happy they are now immediately handed a phone to take pictures or "promote" their happiness.