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TELEVISION WATCHING AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 1 The effects of watching television for young children are detrimental to language development Name University Course Tutor Date
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TELEVISION WATCHING AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 2 Language development amongst children is an issue that has been greatly discussed in the recent past. Many scholars have brought to the fore the fact that watching of television amongst children has a negative effect on their language development. Studies have been commissioned that have focused on the effects of television; both the onset of television watching as well as the frequency with which the children watch television. Other scholars have noted that the causes of the delay in the language development are more complex; and cannot be held down to the watching of television by the children (Chonchaiya & Pruksananonda, 2008). Such scholars hold that the delayed language development amongst the children is a by-product of the environment of the child as well as the child’s biological development. Many factors such as environmental factors, cognitive abilities, speech organs and hearing are just amongst the factors that have been identified to have an effect on the delay of the language development. Some of the factors that have been stated above can usually occur in isolation, but in many cases, the occurrence is usually a combination of interrelated dysfunctional areas. Although researchers have not reached a consensus about the effects that watching of television has on children, there has been an agreement between them about the fact that young children are increasingly watching television; both in the United States as well as in the other countries of the world such as Thailand and other Third World countries. The aim of the paper is to show that watching television by very young children has very detrimental effects on their language development. The views that television viewing is detrimental to the language development amongst the children will first be explored. Television viewing amongst children has a very harmful effect on the development of language amongst the children. Language is very important for all humans as it is the main difference between humans and other animals and primates. The increased incidence of television watching amongst children poses a great challenge to the language development amongst the children.
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TELEVISION WATCHING AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 3 Many children spend more time watching television than any other activity that they engage in except sleep. This is a worrying trend that has got pediatrics concerned. The detrimental effects of television watching amongst children were noted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, have made a recommendation that children aged 2 years and above should be limited to less than 2 hours of screen time each day (Chonchaiya & Pruksananonda, 2008). They also recommended that children below 2 years should be discouraged from watching television at all. Television
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