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16 June 2015

"Give Babies iPads As Soon As They Are Born" : Unethical Experimentation on Babies?

Give babies iPads as soon as they are born: Children learn faster with tablet computers than books, say scientists - Daily Mail, 14th June 2015

Comments from Dr. Devra Davis, President of the Environmental Health Trust:

"This is a dreadful form of child abuse and a horrifying idea.

The World Health Organization in 2011 said that cell phones and other wireless radiation are a possible human carcinogen. Just like DDT, engine exhaust and chloroform.

If someone were to propose giving these things to infants they would be arrested. The idea that infants need iPads is sadly advocated by those who do not understand that microwave wireless radiation weakens membranes damages mitochondria and has never ever been tested for safety or for use by infants and toddlers.

The Nuremberg protocols are supposed to protect the innocent from participating in this experiments without their consent. It is hard to imagine what approval process the ethical review board went through to allow The Nuremberg protocols are supposed to protect the innocent from participating in this experiments without their consent.

It is hard to imagine what approval process the ethical review board went through to allow exposing the young developing brain with a thinner skull to a suspect carcinogen. The American Academy of pediatrics recommends the children under two have no screen time of any sort."

[Note:  We have written the professor responsible for this experiment, pointing out that it is unethical and a danger to children's health as it is exposing them to a possible carcinogen, and also citing the American Academy of Pediatrics's recommending NO USE of screen time for children younger than 2.  The professor replied, sharing with me the message she sent to the Sunday Times journalist where the original article appeared, saying he had reported the story "irresponsibly just to make a good story." She said she was "totally misrepresented in the article".  We also wrote to the Daily Mail, criticizing the use of the above photo.  A child - let alone a baby - should never hold an iPad on his/her lap.]

Give babies iPads as soon as they are born: Children learn faster with tablet computers than books, say scientists
by Ollie Gillman, Daily Mail online, 14 June 2015



- Babies should be given iPads 'from birth', according to new research
- Tablets provide more stimulation for the brain than books, scientists find
- Previous studies found looking at screens damages children's social skills

Babies should be given iPads as soon as they are born to help them learn, according to scientists.

New research by the University of London found that using tablets provides more stimulation for newborns' brains than books.

The findings go against previous studies which suggested looking at a screen can damage children's social skills.

Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith, who led the research, told the Sunday Times that babies should be given tablet computers 'from birth'.

'It is shocking how fast they learn, even faster than adults to do things like scroll up and down text,' she said.

'Books are static. When you observe babies with books, all they are interested in is the sound of the pages turning. Their visual system at that age is attracted by movement.'

Initially academics found a small group of babies - some aged six months and some 10 months old - could recognise the number three better if it was shown to them on an iPad.

Now the academics are using a larger sample of hundreds of babies and toddlers, with one group given the iPads from birth and the others not allowed to use tablets.

Prof Karmiloff-Smith believes the children given computers will show better signs of development, even if it not in a conventional sense.

She said: 'They might put a corner in their mouth, they will then explore it physically [but] then they will used it to do things. Everything we know about child development tells us that tablet computers should not be banned for babies and toddlers.'

Neurologist Baroness Susan Greenfield - a former director at the Royal Institution - previously warned that children's exposure to computer screens and games could cause a form of 'temporary dementia'.

She said an unhealthy addiction to technology could disable connections in the brain, literally 'blowing the mind'.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3123600/Give-babies-iPads-soon-born-Children-learn-faster-tablet-computers-books-say-scientists.html#newcomment

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