Impacts of television on Language Development in Children
Most families have television sets in the living rooms, which expose young children to complex television videos long before they reach the right school age. For the young children, television footages are very different from the events that happen in the actual world. The incapacity of the toddler to actualize what is broadcast on television screens in the real world can have permanent repercussions on important body processes, including vision, memory, cognition and attention which all have a bearing on language development.
Toddlers learn well from their interactions with members of their families or those who are in their immediate environment. The relationship between parents and their baby is important to the latter’s social interactions, brain and physical development which contribute to language acquisition. Bittman, Rutherford, Brown and Unsworth (2012) note that a television impairs this relationship by weakening the bond between parent and child and the resulting learning process that comes out of the engagement. The American Academy of Pediatrics indicates that a small baby’s brain is genetically programmed to grasp new vocabularies from their social engagements in the real world of parents, caregivers and their fellow children. Limited parent-child connections will limit conversational engagements with the growing child and take toll on their acquisition of language skills and symbols.