As news filter through of a four-year old child becoming 'addicted' to Apple’s iPad, a leading psychiatrist warns that long-term tablet usage could have big repercussions for young children.
British newspaper The Mirror reports that a four-year girl in England is being treated by a psychiatrist for her iPad ‘addiction’, with the child apparently experiencing withdrawal symptoms when her parents take the tablet away.
Her psychiatrist, Dr Richard Graham from the Capio Nightingale Clinic in London, said that there must be many more addicts of the same age, and even said that his patient risked requiring in-patient care had she gone on to use the iPad as she was (four hours a day) up until 11.
"Children have access to the internet almost from birth now," said Graham, who charges £16,000 (approximately $24,000) a month for a “digital detox program” that weans patients off tablets and other digital devices.
This news is bound to come of some concern to most tablet-toting parents, not least because a recent study detailed that more than half of parents let their babies or small children use a tablet or smartphone.
The same study revealed that one in seven parents give their child access to one of these devices for four or more hours a day.