‘iPads stop a child’s muscles and bones from developing properly’: Young found to move their upper limbs three times more when playing with conventional toys

  • Research suggests technology affects muscle development in children 
  • Study found youngsters moved upper limbs more when playing with toys 
  • Expert says children should spend short periods on touchscreen devices

Too much time spent on iPads and similar touchscreen devices could result in the muscles and bones of young children not developing properly, according to research.

The study compared children aged three and four who played with toys against compatriots using electronic devices.

Physiotherapy professor Leon Straker, of Curtin University, in Perth, Western Australia, said the study will track children over their first five years of their lives to see how use of devices affects their physical, mental and social development.