Parental interaction necessary with toddlers and touchscreens

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The average American 2-year-old spends two hours a day in front of a screen – whether it’s television, computer, smartphone or tablet.

A new report by early learning experts says it's not just the amount of screen time, but the way that time is spent that's most important.

Georgetown University Developmental Psychologist Rachel Barr says touchscreens provide significant opportunity for learning. But she says it's important for parents to help their children learn from touchscreens and to treat them more like books.

"When they are reading books they don’t really expect their children to read by themselves and figure out the content by themselves," Barr said.

Think of the three Cs when it comes to touchscreen use: the child's age, the content and the context.