Television found to delay speech development in babies and children because of lesser conversations with adults around them

Parentree-MedSciNews 2009-06-10 05:59:42

Researchers have known for a while that exposure to television can reduce speech development in children. Now researchers who studied 329 children between the ages of 2 months and 4 years, found that when children are exposed to television, they have virtually no conversations with the adults around them. These children also showed significant delays in the development of speech.

The researchers at the Seattle Children's Research Institute tracked all the voices and conversations around the children in the study.  The researchers found that when the television was on, the child heard virtualy no words from the adult around them. Conversation is very important to speech and language development as that is how children learn to vocalize sounds and words and also understand how conversation leads to social interaction.  When this conversation does not exist, children do not learn these and it reflects itself in delayed development of speech and language.

In the study, the researchers found that every hour of additional TV exposure, resulted in a further delay in speech and language development.

The evidence about the dangers of television exposure to children keep mounting.


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