Chinese Doctors Tells Parents With Young Children To Say No To The iPad

Children ages three and under should not be allowed near touch screen devices such as tablet computers and smartphones, say Chinese doctors in Guangzhou. According a recent study done in Guangzhou, the doctors found that children are adversely affected by touch screen devices. The study states that the children can develop "severe" eye problems ranging from astigmatism, amblyopia (lazy eye), myopia among others.

Citing the common practice nowadays that Chinese parents often resort to giving their children mobile devices such as tablet computers and smartphones to keep them quiet, the doctors in Guangzhou recommend keeping young children away from said devices.

However parents reading Kotaku, please take this with a grain of salt. The study held in Guangzhou was done with only 40 children. Additionally, only 30 per cent of the 40 (that's 12), of the kids showed any eye and vision problems. The biggest shock throughout the whole story is that the major cause of the issues, was not video games, I repeat not video games.

Instead, the majority of eye problems were blamed on parents looking to silence their children and educational software that run on mobile devices.

The majority of the original Chinese article is just a lot of common sense packaged with a sensationalized study. Children should read with a healthy distance between their faces and their books, screen time should be kept to a minimal, and they shouldn't rub their eyes with their dirty grubby little hands.

All things said in done, at least this is one time video games weren't blamed for something terrible.

平板危害不小 医生建议3岁以下儿童远离 [Tencent]

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    FWIW I find my eyes get massively fatigued after looking at an iPhone screen for more than 15 minutes... Can't be good for developing eyesight having a screen up that close.

    You might want to get your eyes checked if an iPhone screen hurts your eyes lol

    If Chinese kids have to stay away from iPads, who is going to make them?

    Thanks for the close up image of a young Chinese kid's face, without it I wouldn't have been able to understand the article properly.

      Little Chinese kid is watching you. Always.

    Lazy parents throwing electronics at kids to shut them up. Next up, giving your kids matches is bad! :o

    Sorry for the sarcasm, but two articles about pathetic parenting in a row gets to me.

    Anyone younger than 13 shouldn't have a phone or tablet AT ALL. They don't need one, they shouldn't need one, and society is doomed by the parents who are unsuitable to breed because they supply their children with things they shouldn't have. And lastly, society shouldn't develop a reason for children to need a phone or tablet, because they, once again, don't need one.
    In other words, it's wrong because it's wrong.

    Hand up the number of people who reply in this article who actually have kids? That's what I thought.

    Sure the responsibility lies with the parents but until you've seen appropriate usage of an iPad in a 3 + year old you have no idea what you're talking about. They excel with hand eye coordination, pattern matching, reflexes, spatial reasoning, shapes, colours, alphabet, numbers, puzzles and the list of positives is really quite large.

    Some of us "parents" carefully interact, monitor and regulate the whole range of our children's activities, not limited to just iPads. Kids need balance in their food, play, learning, exercise and everything else.

    There is nothing wrong with using such devices as long as moderation and common sense are used.

    Typical Chinese medical research.... I hope my wife doesn't come across this nonsense article, that is the actual Chinese one. I think I spend half my life proving this crazy stuff wrong.. I probably know more about medicine and science as a result.. but still.. it gets tedious at times.

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