The Effects of Watching Television for Young Children Are Detrimental to Language Development
This is because it will affect children’s health, children’s educational development, children’s cognitive skill and also children’s behaviour. There are many negative health impacts of television watching for children.
By definition, jointattention and coviewing are very similar, but it should benoted that it was reported that very few parents actuallyutilized coviewing when watching television with theirchildren (Moore & Dunham, 1995; Pempek et. al., 2011;Courage et. al., 2010).In terms of vocabulary acquisition, there was a lackof consensus between researchers on the benefits thatchildren can derive from television (Allen & Scofield,2010). 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).
Linguistic development of young children proceeds continuously from birth and 5 years after birth is well-known as so-called sensitive period which is critical for language acquisition. 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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