Media and the Young Child
Last month I blogged about the effects of television on young readers. Since that time I’ve been turning off the television a lot more. No longer does “Sesame Street” have a place in our dinner preparation routine. Instead the television is turned off. Most mornings, I have stretched without “The Today Show” going since Isabelle is always hanging out alongside me. It’s quieter when the TV is off, but that allows me to attend to her more. In that time I’ve noticed her receptive language skills have gotten even stronger. She follows more two-step commands. Her responses to my questions are often accurate (e.g., “Do you want to go downstairs to eat breakfast?” gets a true “yes.”), which makes life easier. Could this be because she’s watching even less television than she was three weeks ago. Maybe. Maybe not. It’s too early to tell or to surmise about what’s really working.
We’re still talking about media in my daughter’s class. This week my daughter’s teacher shared a video with us that discusses more of the reasons children should be kept away from television. While it doesn’t focus on the effects of TV on reading, it is a fascinating video that will definitely make you question how much television your child(ren) should be watching daily.
I’d love to know what you think about this. Please share your thoughts about this video by leaving a comment on this post.