Kids and Kommercialism – Infants and TV

TV-watching tots miss out on vital chat – health – 01 June 2009 – New Scientist

A study being reported on in New Scientist looks at the way that TV viewing interferes with the exposure to the human voice and human words necessary for infants’ proper development. When the TV is on, infants vocalise less and hear fewer words from nearby adults who are presumably too absorbed in watching TV to interact properly with the babies.

Even TV programming designed for infants – like various baby DVDs designed to stimulate mental activity or promote parent-child interaction – interfered with development. A 2007 study showed that infants who watched such programs scored lower on tests of language development than infants who didn’t watch such programs.

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