Parent distraction can hinder babies’ language skills

17 Apr 2018

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Posted By: SG   |   Source: Herald Tribune   |   URL: https://bit.ly/2qGDNub

 

Mobile phones have rather taken over our lives, however reluctant we may be as users, and they can have an important role to play. However, as parents it’s important that we put our children first rather than kowtowing to our phones the minute they ping, croak or dong. New research by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a psychology professor at Temple University and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, reveals that parent screen time, when it interrupts one-to-one interaction between parent and young child, can have a detrimental effect on the child.

“Babies rely on continuous one-on-one interaction to learn words, and interruptions that distract parents and caregivers cut off what Hirsh-Pasek calls the “conversational duet” that grows language skills.”

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