Study Suggests That Talking With Children During TV Time May Buffer Screen Time Effects on Development
[Source: Science Daily]
Increased television time for young children has been linked with poorer progress in some areas of development.
One possible way to counter those negative effects — talking while watching the screen.
The more parents engaged in conversation with preschoolers during shared TV time, the more likely those children were to have higher curiosity levels when they reached kindergarten, a new study suggests. This was particularly true for children with socioeconomic disadvantages.
“Our findings reinforce the importance of parent conversation to promote early childhood development and curiosity, especially for children from under-resourced families,” said lead author Prachi Shah, M.D. M.S., a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.