TV Content and delayed Speech Development in Young Children
TV content and delayed speech for young children come hand and hand. “The (American Academy of Pediatrics, 1999) and (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2001) has recommended that parents should discourage television viewing for children younger than 2 years since these children have a critical need for direct interactions with their parents.”( Kanako Okumaa and Masako Tanimura, 2009, para. 1) Children that watch television for hours at a time tend to have delayed development of meaningful word speech problems, attention problems, and poor language development. Children should have limited television time due to the fact that too much television can result into developmental problems. I chose this topic because I’m a frequent television watcher myself and I notice that kids in this generation tend to spend majority of their time watching television and playing video games. Parents should spend more time reading, singing, and talking to their children throughout their developmental stages.
The research design was targeted at a population of 18-month old children signifying the connection between delayed language development and heavy TV viewing. The researchers collected 85 videos that were considered to be the children’s favorite video. The researchers drew questionnaires to study relationships between regularly viewed videos and language development with the children. The hypothesis of this article is stating that children that watch a great deal of television will undergo delayed language, social issues, attention problems, and delayed mobility skills.
The theory the author had on the article is that parents should not allow their children 3 years of age and younger to watch excessive amounts of television. “A recent study suggested an association between viewing of baby DVDs/videos and poor language development among infants (age 8–16 Several longitudinal studies on the effects of television...