If you frequently allow your toddler to play educational apps on
your phone, consider a case designed for a child's use, such as the
Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case by Fisher-Price. $15
If my toddler puts a cellphone in her mouth, can she get
an electrical shock?
A: It's not unusual to see a toddler interacting with a
cellphone; many parents often engage toddlers and infants with a
colorful mobile app or video on their phone as a distraction.
While offering up a little screen time can be handy, take
precautions. Mobile phones are generally low voltage, but a child
who accidentally chews on the attached electrical cord or charger
can be seriously hurt. Other hazards when a child puts the phone in
their mouth include:
Germs. Cellphones are covered with them. In
fact, they are among the most germ-infested items in a
Older phones. Phones built just three or four
years ago may have buttons or switches that can break off and
become a choking hazard. These phones also may include small parts
like microchips or batteries that can become loose and pose a
serious danger if ingested. Older flip phones or units with a
sliding keyboard can pinch a tongue or lip.
Glass. Many of today's cellphones are made with
glass faces. Some parents use phones that have been damaged but are
still functioning. A phone with a cracked glass face or broken
casing can scratch or cut a child's mouth if they chew on the
Protective cases. While they are designed to
protect your device, they usually are not designed to protect your
child. Cases with decorative jewels or rhinestones can scratch a
child's skin or come loose and pose a choking hazard.
Bottom line? Apps may be designed with kids in mind, but mobile
phones are not. It can be tempting to let your savvy 3-year-old sit
down with a mobile device to play with an educational app while you
throw in a load of laundry, but an unsupervised child can be
Sharon Cindrich is a mother of two tech-savvy kids from Virginia Beach. Learn more at sharoncindrich.com.
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