The Effects of Watching Television for Young Children Are Detrimental to Language Development
There are many negative health impacts of television watching for children.
When interactions occurred, they were much more likely to be of a passive nature on the part of the parent. For example, the parents verbally respond to the child’s questions without actually looking at the child.
Furthermore, interactive-based and narrative-basedtelevision were examined with viewing positively correlatedto increased expressive language and vocabulary skills aswell as increased emergent literacy skills (Linebarger &Walker, 2004).
Especially, infants from 18 to 24 months old experience “word-learning explosion” in which words increase exponentially and, during this period, sentences combining more than two words appear. Therefore, understanding the relationship between TV watching and the language development of 2-year-old toddlers is an important subject in language development studies, and massive epidemiological studies that can represent the general population are required.
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