Video Chats May Help Toddlers Learn
Many families today use video chat technologies like FaceTime to stay in touch with loved ones all over the world. But what about the youngest family members? Do toddlers under the age of 2 gain anything from these interactions? A new study says children as young as 17 months "interact and respond" with live video chat.
Despite current American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines that recommend TV and other media devices be avoided for children under 2 years of age, it's estimated that about 38% of kids this age have access to a mobile device. According to the study published in Development Science, interactions via video chat are different that simply putting a young child in front of a television.
The study involved two groups of children between the ages of 1 and 2. One group experienced FaceTime video chats for one week and the other group watched pre-recorded videos. The research showed that the back-and-forth communication that occurred through real-time video chatting facilitated learning. So limit your toddler's screen time, but not his or her connection with Grandma and Grandpa.
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