TV Interferes with Language Development in Infants

Written by Debbie Riek, Education Coordinator | Oct 2, 2009 2:05 PM

While we often talk about content when we talk about children’s programming, it is equally important to consider how much television they are watching and how much interaction with adults is encouraged. The reality is that the more talking there is in a home, the stronger a child’s language development will be. If viewing television impedes a family member or a caregiver from talking with the infant, then the research indicates they have fewer opportunities to learn to speak.

In fact, pediatricians recommend no television for children under the age of two. So despite what Baby Einstein and other products designed to “stimulate” infant brain development might say, a good old conversation is the best way to get a baby talking.

Research sited from Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Vol. 163 No. 6, June 2009.

Published in Education

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