Parents rely heavily on smartphones when caring for children at home: survey

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) — A majority of parents in South Korea have been found to rely heavily on smartphones or tablet computers when caring for young children while performing daily tasks at home, a poll showed Saturday, a development that the country’s growing smartphone addiction problem among young people.
In the poll conducted by the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education of 1,500 parents with children ages 1 to 7, 70.2 percent said they gave their children smartphones at home to do daily chores without interference.
The research, conducted in August last year, was conducted in a study recently published by the institute.
Of the respondents, 74.3 percent said they showed their children smartphones to keep them quiet in public areas, while 52 percent cited educational purposes.
According to the poll, the percentage of toddlers first exposed to smartphones at ages 12 to 18 months was 20.5 percent, followed by the percentage of children ages 18 to 24 months at 13.4 percent.

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