A new study raises concerns about young children’s brain development & screen time

Roe Conn

In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 photo, Frankie Thevenot, 3, plays with an iPad in his bedroom at his home in Metairie, La. About 40 percent of 2- to 4-year-olds (and 10 percent of kids younger than that) have used a smartphone, tablet or video iPod, according to a new study by the nonprofit group Common Sense Media. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Dr. Lauren Streicher, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause, joins Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes to discuss a study from the Reading & Literacy Discovery Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital which shows young children who get more screen time than doctors recommend have differences in parts of the brain that support language and self-regulation. Also, Dr. Streicher explains why she is opposed to rapper/actor T.I. taking his daughter to the gynecologist every year to “check her hymen” and make sure it’s “still intact.”

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