It’s a common practice among parents that their kids play with toys on a regular basis.
This isn’t a bad thing, but the benefits to kids are much less obvious.
According to a recent study published in Pediatrics, children who play with their phones more than three hours per day tend to be less healthy and have a lower overall quality of life.
But there’s another side to the story that’s worth considering, too.
When it comes to our ability to be playful with our children, there are three major reasons we need to take advantage of the smart phone.
And the benefits are far more powerful than you might think.
Smartphones can be a great tool for teaching children important life skills.
They’re great for building relationships with their parents and for building the ability to think critically about their own behaviors.
And, when it comes time to talk to them about their behaviors, the phones can be incredibly helpful in making the right choice.
This article originally appeared on Fortune.com and is reprinted here with permission.