14/08/2014 16:54 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

IPotty, IStroller, Apptivity Gym? Are We Raising A Generation Of Screen Zombie Addicts?

The iPotty for iPad potty training device is see on display at the Consumer Electronics Show, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Las Vegas. No app is available to go with the trainer, but the idea is to keep the child on the toilet for as long as necessary by keeping them digitally entertained. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The iPotty sounded like one of those awful American gimmicks when it was launched earlier this year – but it's now taking off in the UK.

You can even buy this marvellous device on Amazon. In case you're wondering, it's a potty, with an iPad activity stand. Handy for those busy toddlers who need to keep in touch. You know what it's like when you're waiting for a really important email.


But seriously? An iPotty? So toddlers can play CBeebies games while they sit and wee? Can they really not be detached from gadgets at all? Do we have to bribe them with an iPad to do ANYTHING?


Teenagers are already spending hours on the toilet thanks to smartphones. An AA study last year found that 16 and 17 year-olds spend 43Slideshow-84608VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%