MrSeb writes: "Better living (or parenting) through technology? That is the question posed by Nielsen in a recent study looking at the use of tablets in families with children. The firm finds that in households owning a tablet computer and with children under 12, 70% of children use the tablet. What these children are doing with tablets is interesting, too: 77% of these children are playing games, while 57% use the tablet for educational purposes. The rest of the most common responses read like how to keep children occupied without actually parenting: 55% use the tablet for entertainment purposes (less “Are we there yet?”, more peace and quiet); 43% to watch television and/or movies; and 41% to keep the child occupied while at a restaurant or event. Is the tablet a special case, or is it simply following in the TV's footsteps as an ideal way to pacify and/or entertain children?"