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8 Hudson Valley Parent n Spring 2020 smartphone. "He absolutely loved Endless Reader and Endless Spelling," she said. Benefits and balance. When deter- mining an application's effectiveness, Summers said to keep in mind three points: its navigation, content and re- wards. Immediate access, ease-of-use, vi- sual attractiveness, and exciting rewards are part of what appeal to young users and keep them coming back for more. Aside from the educational benefits, most parents also admit that permitting their children to use touch-screen devic- es makes their own lives a little bit easier. Regardless, many parents are hesitant to put technology into the hands of their toddlers for its age-appropriateness and possible interference in their development, such as empathy and curi- osity. Erin Spak, a Highland mom of young Bryce, said her son learns by explor- ing his environment and that introducing a device would take away from that. "We feel that starting technology reliant habits early would encourage him to value those activ- ities over reading books, playing outside, building with his blocks, and all of the things that he loves to do," she said. The key to raising digitods, according to Summers, is maintaining a healthy balance in their use. "Too much screen time isn't good for anyone, including teenagers and adults," she said. "What a child needs is a bal- anced day, filled with physical activity, playing with friends and engaging in imaginative play." Sarah Coppola is the mom of two daught- es and past owner of FamilyFriendlyHudson

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