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Parenting in an iPhone age: Toddlers love ‘selfies’

Parenting in an iPhone age: Toddlers love ‘selfies’

SELFIE: The on-demand nature of cellphone photos can create kids who expect instant gratification. Photo: clipart.com

GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Parents in today’s high-tech world know that toddlers love grabbing the iPhone — especially when it’s to take pictures of themselves.

Toddlers aren’t the only ones snapping away: It’s not unusual for doting parents to take thousands of cellphone pictures.

These may keep distant grandparents happy, but it’s not clear how the barrage of self-love will affect members of the first truly “smartphone generation” in the long run.

Like any other fun thing kids get obsessed with, too much of it can be bad.

PHOTOS: Celebrity ‘selfies’

The on-demand nature of cellphone photos can create kids who expect instant gratification.

A psychology professor says parents should make sure some photos show the child with other family members or friends.

Parents can also sit with kids and narrate the photo as if it were a bedtime story.

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