Arch Dis Child doi:10.1136/archdischild-2015-309278
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Touch-screen technology usage in toddlers

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  1. Deirdre Murray1,2
  1. 1Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research, Cork, Ireland
  2. 2Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Deirdre Murray, Clinical Investigations Unit, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Cork University Hospital, 19 Glencairn Park, Melbourn Road, Wilton, Co Cork, Ireland; D.Murray{at}
  • Received 7 July 2015
  • Revised 21 October 2015
  • Accepted 6 November 2015
  • Published Online First 23 December 2015


Objective To establish the prevalence and patterns of use of touch-screen technologies in the toddler population.

Design Parental questionnaires were completed for children aged 12 months to 3 years examining access to touch-screen devices and ability to perform common forms of interaction with touch-screen technologies.

Results The 82 questionnaires completed on typically developing children revealed 71% of toddlers had access to touch-screen devices for a median of 15 min (IQR: 9.375–26.25) per day. By parental report, 24 months was the median age of ability to swipe (IQR: 19.5–30.5), unlock (IQR: 20.5–31.5) and active looking for touch-screen features (IQR: 22–30.5), while 25 months (IQR: 21–31.25) was the median age of ability to identify and use specific touch-screen features. Overall, 32.8% of toddlers could perform all four skills.

Conclusions From 2 years of age toddlers have the ability to interact purposefully with touch-screen devices and demonstrate a variety of common skills required to utilise touch-screen technology.

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