More About Media Exposure for Children

More About Media Exposure for Children

We know from decades of research that too little stimulation early on is bad for brain development.

But have we considered whether too much stimulation, or inappropriate stimulation, is bad for brain development as well?

Watch this video of a presentation by Dimitri Christakis, a pediatrician, parent and researcher who has conducted experiments that seem to show that fast-paced media, even if it has educational content, can increase the risk of children having attention problems as they grow. 

His findings show that real time play which includes activities like reading to your child, singing or taking your child to a museum can actually enhance your child’s ability to pay attention later in life. Videos with frenetic animated action, however, might actually impede a child’s ability to pay attention.

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