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  1. Thanks Kari for the detailed response. Three thoughts. First, “reading was the least common type of activity with 30% of parents reporting that their children read e-books on a mobile device.” I wonder if this means current 0-8s are reading (or being read to) as much as earlier cohorts. If not, I suspect this represents a net loss even if use of technology correlates with certain other cognitive gains. Second, I’m left with the impression that unlike most forms of childhood activity–where the parental bias should be toward “yes” unless there’s a good reason for a no–the bias w/r/t technology should be neutral at best. Last, I believe work should be done on the neurological effects of early-childhood use of technology. Young brains are still developing for some time after birth and it’s possible some forms of (over)stimulation may cause irreversible changes in neural pathways.

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