How the media can benefit young children
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.