How the me­dia can ben­e­fit young chil­dren

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

THERE’S much de­bate and dis­cus­sion about the im­pact of me­dia on chil­dren, and in a pre­vi­ous col­umn we looked at the dan­ger of too much screen time.

While there’s an is­sue with too much screen time, you can also use me­dia as a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on your child.

In our modern world there’s an in­creas­ing amount of me­dia con­fronting your child each day.

How me­dia can be used around ba­bies and in­fants

For younger chil­dren me­dia can be used to help them stay con­nected with loved ones. It can be great to use video chat to give them qual­ity time to­gether.

That said, if the child is un­der 18 months age it’s ad­vis­able to limit their screen time to only these video chats with loved ones. How can me­dia help the de­vel­op­ment of younger chil­dren

There are plenty of TV pro­grams, YouTube videos and com­puter/mo­bile apps that can help your child with the literacy, nu­mer­acy and so­cial skills.

Some ob­vi­ous ex­am­ples of TV pro­grams are shows such as Sesame Street or Playschool, but there are also newer shows such as Yo Gabba Gabba that help with so­cial skill de­vel­op­ment.

Do your re­search when it comes to YouTube clips, mo­bile apps or com­puter games, and ask whether they will help your child de­velop?

As your child gets older

As your child grows older, there are more op­por­tu­ni­ties to use me­dia to ben­e­fit your child for in­tel­lec­tual, ed­u­ca­tional, so­cial and cre­ative ben­e­fits.

For ex­am­ple, you could try to have your child watch tele­vi­sion shows based on books and, if they like the show, en­cour­age them to read the book.

Just re­mem­ber not too much

It’s im­por­tant not to give your child too much screen time. You want to be play­ing with other chil­dren in per­son and out­side get­ting fresh air.

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