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With fast speed emerging technologies, there has been a dramatic increase in very young children using technologies, including smartphones, tablets, and other forms of technology. It’s important to recognize the impact of technology on child development and well being relevant to the child welfare system. However, according to Terrence McCoy’s (2015) report, Jenny Radesky, a clinical instructor at Boston University’s Developmental-Behavior Pediatrics, stated, “[t]he impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behavior of children is still relatively unknown” (2015, paragraph 1). Because these devices are recently emerging, insufficient thorough research has yet to be conducted to reveal the impact of technologies on the development and social skills of children.


This study was supported in part by the SUNY Buffalo State Institute for Community Health Promotion Collaborative Research Initiative.