Do smartphone covers really protect phones from damage?

Author's Note

Before I had my daughter, I scoffed at parents who let their kids play with their smartphones. When my daughter started reaching for my iPhone at just three months old, however, I knew I was in for it. According to the smartphone damage survey, one in four parents has had their smartphone damaged by their kids. Though my kid doesn't play with my phone, she does grab for it while I'm using it, and the extra grip provided by my case helps me hang on to it. I've even seen specialty cases sold in the baby section of some big box stores to add extra kid-proof protection to smartphones and tablets. My little casemate iPhone case may not be able to stand up to the damage my kid is capable of handing out, but for now, I figure every little bit of protection helps.

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