Are Cartoons Harmful for Toddler Brains? / Keeping Track of Kid's Hi-tech Gadgets

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by SHANIQUA MANNING / NWCN

NWCN.com

Posted on September 14, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 14 at 12:30 PM

Keeping Track of Your Kid's Gadgets

Now that school's in full swing a warning about all the electronics your kids might be taking to class.  From i-pads and i-pods to laptops and cell phones, students of all ages are using a lot of expensive gadgets these days.  To protect those items and your family's identity give your child a few reminders.  First of all use password protections.  It sounds obvious, but you should have a password even on your smart phone in case it's stolen. Otherwise a thief will have access to your private information.  And tell your kids to keep electronics off the floor. Instead, rest a laptop or tablet against your leg so you're aware of it.  If it’s not in your line of sight it’s much easier for someone to grab it and take off.  Don’t leave your electronics visible in the car.  It’s an open invitation to thieves.  Also, consider software you can download to track stolen electronics.  
 

Cartoon Brain Drain?
Is your kiddo a big fan of SpongeBob SquarePants?  A new study may have you switching the channel.
University of Virginia researchers showed the SpongeBob cartoon to a small group of four-year-olds.  The researchers determined the SpongeBob viewers didn't problem-solve or focus as well as children who watched slower-paced cartoons or kids who played with crayons.  And their brains were tired from all the stimulation.  Experts say a child's developing brain doesn't have enough time to process fast-paced media.  Nickelodeon, which airs SpongeBob, questions the methodology of using four year olds for the research.  The company markets the cartoon to kids older than six.

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