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?

Visual electronic media can be positive and negative regarding a child’s development. One of the benefits of a child watching television in terms of educational material, is that when coupled with parental interaction, can enhance learning. However, on the flip side, when children are left alone when watching educational programs it has been shown to cause delay, such as when learning language through video rather than from a person. (Broderick, p.209)

A negative consequence of television is that on it’s effect on attention for children. Broderick mentions that the more television that children watch before the age of 3 the harder it would be for them to regulate their attention by the time they were 7. (p. 208)

Though it seems television itself has negative connotations, the programming in which they watch is critical. TV shows like Dora the explorer ans Sesame street have shown that for children around 4yrs old benefit in terms of their reading readiness when it comes time to encounter those activities in school.(Broderick, p.209)

If I were to give advice to a parent needing guidance on when to use screen time effectively, my main focus would be around making sure that the parents moderate what the child watches and insures that interaction with the child takes place coupled with the screen time. Broderick mentions that the more violent the material on television, the worse it will affect the childs attention.(p.208-209)


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