The Impact Of Media Viewing On Infants ' And Toddlers ' Language Development

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The Impact of Media Viewing on Infants ' and Toddlers ' Language Development: A Review
I. Introduction In today 's fast pace world, where approximately 6 billion people have access to a cell phone but only 4.5 billion have access to a working toilet (Wang, 2013) and the manufacturers of electronics constantly release the newest smart phone, computer and tablet technologies, it is easy to forget that just in 1984 only 8.2% of all American households owned a personal computer (Newburger, 2001). In 2000, 51% of households owned a personal computer and 41.5% had home internet access and the numbers are constantly rising (Newburger, 2001). In times of online education, e-books, internet television and the development of over 1000 mobile apps each day (Freierman, 2011), children are surrounded by modern technology from a very early age on. While the research on the effect of media consumption on infants and toddlers is still in its early stage, scientists have already formed opinions on whether this new pastime trend is promoting child development or not. This paper evaluates two studies conducted by Linebarger and Walker (2005) as well as Zimmerman, Christakis and Meltzoff (2007) regarding the language development and outcomes of infants and toddlers who were exposed to supposedly educational movies and TV series on a regular basis.
II. Article 1: Advantages of Viewing Television The article “Infants ' and Toddlers ' Television Viewing and Language Outcomes” by Linebarger and…

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