is background tv ok?
We’ve all heard that watching too much TV is not good for a child’s development. But what if the TV is on and no one is watching it? A study out of the University of Massachusetts and the University of Wisconsin explains how background TV could negatively impact how you interact with your child. “We found about a 20 percent drop in how many words parents said to their children when the TV was on compared to when it was off,” said researcher Kirkorian.
Parents were also slower to respond to their child when the TV was on, and there was drop in parent’s active engagement which led to less toy play for the youngest children. Kirkorian suggests that these could lead to negative outcomes for kids later on. It is well known that the greater variety of words children hear at home - the higher their vocabulary will be later in life. So, parents are encouraged to turn off the TV and tune in to playtime. On average toddlers under 24 months old are exposed to five and a half hours of background TV a day. As the child gets older, the amount of background TV they are exposed to declines.