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November 2017

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — How much screen time is too much for your toddler and baby? As it turns out, not all screens and media are created equal. New research suggests that video chat features like FaceTime can actually help little ones learn from the people on the other end.

For two-and-a half-year-old Charlotte, seeing her grandmother brightens her day.

It’s fun for Nona, too. But should screen time be avoided for young kids? Lafayette College developmental psychologist Lauren Myers, PhD, said not necessarily.

“There’s a lot of research that suggests that when children can interact with somebody over a screen, that they process that differently than if they’re watching a prerecorded video or TV,” explained Myers.

Researchers studied 30 children ages 12 to 24 months who had video chat interaction six times over the course of one week.

The researchers asked the children to perform actions, taught them new words, and reacted to them in real time.

After a week of video chats, the researchers also interacted face-to-face and noticed patterns among the older children.

Myers told Ivanhoe, “Starting at about 17 or 18 months, they would do things like prefer to play with the person they had video chatted with over the stranger.”

Researchers also studied 30 children who only watched prerecorded videos. Myers said that, unlike the video chat group, these children did not form a relationship or learn new words or patterns when the partner was prerecorded.

Myers detailed, “That back and forth pattern of interaction is something that’s really crucial for early learning. That’s what video chat preserves.”

It is also building relationships, one chat at a time.

The American Academy of Pediatrics initially discouraged screen use for children under age two. The revised recommendations allow an exception for video chat interactions. Myers said parents should make sure grandma asks questions and responds appropriately— just like she would in person.

Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Supervising and Field Producer; Milvionne Chery, Assistant Producer; Roque Correa, Editor; Kirk Manson, Videographer.

Produced by Child Trends News Service in partnership with Ivanhoe Broadcast News and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. 


Spanish Translation

Por Skype Con Abuelita

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Sabemos que los bebes no deben de estar pegados a un televisor o pantalla de video. Pero según un nuevo estudio, cuando los bebes se comunican en vivo a través de video chats, esto les estimula y fomenta el aprendizaje.

A sus dos años y medio, Charlotte adora ver a su abuela.

Y su nona disfruta cada segundo de sus charlas. Pero ¿deben de limitarse también estas conversaciones cibernéticas?

Sicólogos especializado en el desarrollo infantil estudiaron a 30 niños de entre 12 y 24 meses de edad, que participaron en video charlas 6 veces a lo largo de  una semana. Durante cada conexión se le pidió a los pequeños que realizaran ciertas actividades, se les enseñaron palabras nuevas y existió una inter acción de pantalla a pantalla. Los investigadores también estudiaron a 30 niños que solo se sentaron a ver un video pre grabado. Al contrario de lo que ocurrió en las charlas inter activas, estos niños no aprendieron patrones o palabras nuevas o desarrollaron un vinculo con su interlocutor, cuando este estaba grabado.

El estudio muestra que la interacción en vivo es crucial para un aprendizaje temprano, y que crea vínculos personales, aunque sea de pantalla a pantalla.

La Academia Americana de Pediatría inicialmente recomendó que los niños menores de dos años no estén expuestos a la televisión o videos. La excepción a esta regla son las charlas en vivo y los padres deben de asegurarse que la persona que está en el otro lado de la pantalla hace preguntas y reacciona tal y como si estuvieran presentes.

Los contribuyentes a este reportaje incluyen: Cyndy McGrath, Supervisora y Productora de Campo; Milvionne Chery, Productora Assistente; Roque Correa, Editor; Kirk Manson, Camarografo.

Producido por Child Trends News Service en asocio con Ivanhoe Broadcast News y auspiciado por una beca de la National Science Foundation.