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I have been told by several people that allowing my young children (aged 2 and 5 at the time of writing) to use an iPad, or similar device, would affect their eyesight. I have found the following articles that appear to support this claim.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/health/8476967/ditch-the-ipad-and-send-kids-out-to-play

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/09/content_14793242.htm

http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/706432/iPad-or-iBad-The-notebook-might-look-cool-but-what-is-it-doing-to-children.aspx

The impression seems to be that children should be avoiding using this kind of device until they are at least 7 years old.

Is there any more recent scientific evidence to back up this claim than the surveys in 2007 which were before the introduction of the iPad?

  • You need to find a source for the claim. Otherwise the claim isn't notable and this question is likely to be closed. – Christian Aug 10 '12 at 14:24
  • OK - will do. Back in a mo... – Gary Rowe Aug 10 '12 at 14:29
  • I find these claims bizarre, what changes in a child between 6years364days and the very next day that suddenly their eyesight will be unaffected. – Jamiec Aug 10 '12 at 14:32
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    @Jamiec I think it's more about creating a suitable marker point where the effect has been reduced so low as to be negligible. I feel I must link to the obligatory XKCD: xkcd.com/605 – Gary Rowe Aug 10 '12 at 14:41
  • AFAIK, there are scientific studies showing that you shouldn't use tablets, but it's because of neck strain, not eyes. – vartec Aug 12 '12 at 23:22

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