Tots on touch screens: 5 tips for parents

Child-development experts and parents with technology experience offer these tips for healthy use of touch screens.

1. Check out your child's apps

Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor
Kristen Chase, reviews kids touchscreen applications at, plays games on an iPad with her four children, Drew, Margot, Bridget and Quinlan.

Play games all the way through to check for ads, pop-ups, and violence. (Mary McFadden found this out the hard way. A tame-looking app for her grandson, she says, "started out with cute little cartoon people [that] turned out to be bloody murderers.")

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