6% of 2- to 5-year-olds have their own smartphone

A new survey by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop has some very interesting findings:

  • 72 percent of the 100 top-selling education apps in Apple’s iTunes App store this year were aimed at preschoolers and those in elementary school.
  • 66 percent 4- to 7-year-olds have used an iPhone or iPod.

I wonder how this will affect these children’s development. I also wonder how this will impact education. Will children increasing expect smartphones and tablets as part of their educational experiences? Most of us grew up with computers in school, but many of today’s youth are growing up with a new computing paradigm that teacher’s may not be prepared for.