Almost half the 100 best-selling education iPhone apps are for children, CNN reports. For some parents, a smartphone is a must-have for flights, road trips, even grocery store visits. An AT&T spot illustrates this “pass back” phenomenon, with actor Luke Wilson showing a dad how to use his phone as “a modern-day pacifier.” Kids take easily to the simple touch-screen interface, and advocates say the technology can help “mobile kids” learn. But some parents fear they’ll never get their phones back, and critics call it lazy parenting.
Enormous market potential exists for an improved spill- and shatter-proof design complete with toddler pre-loads and a flexible cord attachment for strollers, bags and chairs. Could such toddler devices be in stores this holiday season? —Peta Bassett
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