BP 6

BP 6

Referencing the text, name 2 positive outcomes and 2 negative outcomes that come from visual electronic media use in childhood. Also referencing the text/research, if you were working with a parent who needed guidance on screen use for children, what information might you share?

Research was conducted to determine if the amount of television youth watched during their childhood caused problems for them as they grew up.  During one study it was determined that there is a link in attention difficulties and infants and toddlers that watched TV (as cited in Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).  Later studies revealed that the content found in the television shows impacted whether the child would display issues with attention (as cited in Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).  If the shows were educational in nature versus entertainment in nature the children were found to have no issues with attention difficulties (as cited in Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).   Studies also show that television shows labeled as educational in nature did not improve the  toddlers’ learning versus a toddler whom did not watch the educational television show (as cited in Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).  However a preschoolers’ exposure to educational programing provides some positive effects including preparing them for school.

Broderick, P. C. & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Emerging Self and Socialization in the Early Years. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th e., pp 180-181). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.


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