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You know that you should limit your child’s exposure to technology, especially if he or she is still young.Based on research, having the television on as a background may have lasting negative effects on the child, especially if it is on for hours every day.The lights and noises from the television can distract the child from playing, which is considered as a valuable time for learning. “Watching TV can also make parents less likely to interact with young children, which is crucial for development, as well,” Kevin Loria wrote in his article for the Business Insider.
On the other hand, the effects of listening to a podcast or audio storytelling may not be the same as watching TV.For Jenny Radesky, a pediatrician who specializes in child development, scientists are not that worried about the disruptive aspects of podcasts to kids.
“Podcasts are often created to be seamless and pleasing to listen to, with less attention-grabbing features than TV,” Loria mentioned.This means that audio materials may not be able to distract a child while playing.However, there is a chance that you may be absorbed with the podcast, and you will have a hard time responding to your kid’s cues.But, the good thing about podcasts is that it can help you learn from the topics you are listening to.Also, you can always pause the audio material to attend to your child’s needs.
Loria wrote that you may listen to podcasts to relieve stress or boredom, but this should not interrupt your bonding time with the child and eating meals together with your family.Also, interacting with your kid should make the most of your attention.