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Study documents media use of very young children

[1]By Erika Weisensee, Oregon Writer

If your hunch is that younger and younger children are using digital devices, from smartphones to iPads, you are correct. A new study released by Common Sense Media found that more than half (52%) of all 0- to 8-year-olds have access to a new mobile device such as a smartphone, video iPod, or iPad/tablet. And, 23% of 5- to 8-year-olds use more than one medium “most” or “some” of the time.

“Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America,” which surveyed 1,384 parents of children ages 0 to 8 years old,  documented young children’s use of new digital media devices, as well as their use of older media platforms like television, computers, and books. Some key findings were:

To read the full report, visit www.commonsense.org/research [2].