As more of our lives are consumed with digital technology—social media, texting and smartphones—is it any wonder that our children are growing up with electronic gadgets as companions?

A report on media consumption by the nonprofit Common Sense Media said teens spend an average of nearly nine hours a day using screen media, and children between ages 8 and 12 consume an average of almost six hours a day. And, ownership of smartphones — mobile devices with an internet connection — has tripled in recent years among young people. In 2011, 22 percent of students starting high school had a smartphone;...

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