Passive screen time for under-twos has no educational benefit and may slow language development, according to US-based nonprofit entity, ChildTrends.
“Children learn best by interacting with other people and the world around them”, said Kathy Hirsh-Pasek of Temple University. To this end, digital media delivers best via e-books that spark discussions between parent and child, or shared time discussing videos of places they might never visit.
Receptive – Expressive Language
Childrens’ one-way screen time as in watching videos and TVs, is passive and does not develop receptive or expressive language skills. One-to-one interaction is the key for learning language, as multiple studies show. Parents accordingly need to have descriptive interactions with their babies:
Family Language Best From Native Speakers
As Erika Hoff, a psychology professor at Florida Atlantic University confirms, “Children can hear lots of talk that goes over their head in terms of the meaning, and still benefit from it.” Notably, Hoff’s studies of bilingual families found children fare better when language is learned from native speakers. Essentially, parents are best to use a native, home language for the child to have a solid basis in that language before adding more languages later on.
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