Apr 8, 2019
It’s common to see parents and young children interacting with digital media on smartphones and tablets—but is the child being entertained, or are they actually learning? K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles says children as young as 18 months who co-view or co-play with an engaged adult may be able to learn from digital media. He says this can bolster a child’s cognitive, linguistic and social-emotional development through dialogue and interaction; however, when digital media is used a babysitter, it can isolate family members from one another and slow a young child’s social development.
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