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Toddlers becoming so addicted to iPads they require therapy

By | 4:29PM BST April 21, 2013

Children as young as four are becoming so addicted to smartphones and iPads that they require psychological treatment.

Children are increasingly being babysat tablets and smartphones, researchers claim

Children are increasingly being babysat by tablets and smartphones, researchers claim.

Experts have warned that parents who allow babies and toddlers to access tablet computers for several hours a day are in danger of causing “dangerous” long term effects.

The youngest known patient being treated in the UK is a four-year-old girl from the South East.

Her parents enrolled her for compulsive behaviour therapy after she became increasingly “distressed and inconsolable” when the iPad was taken away from her.

Her use of the device had escalated over the course of a year and she had become addicted to using it up for to four hours a day.

Dr Richard Graham, who launched the UK’s first technology addiction programme three years ago, said he believed there were many more addicts of her age. Continue reading