In this booming age of technology, children today are growing up in a very different world than their parents. But can smartphones and tablets actually be harmful to your child’s development?

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On Happening Now, Dr. Manny Alvarez, member of the Fox News Medical A-Team, said it’s important for babies to have human interaction. He said children from birth to 3 years old who are exposed to smartphones can have a delay in language skills.

Some parents argue that the programs are educational and make their kids smarter. But Dr. Manny argued, “It’s basically just touching buttons.”

He said that exposing children to technology in small doses is fine, but stressed that humans need to interact.

“They need to speak to each other. They need to feel each other, they need to hear sounds. They have to correlate feelings with sounds. That is what makes the brain work. A computer basically makes you dumb,” Dr. Manny said, adding that we’ll pay the consequences later on if kids are exposed to too much technology.

Watch the full discussion above and let us know your thoughts on this subject.

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