posted: Feb 10, 2014.
Mental Attitude: Watch This! This study compared mother-child communication while watching TV to reading books or playing with toys to reveal the impact on children's development. Watching TV can lead to less interaction between parents and children, with a detrimental impact on literacy and language skills. The team found that when reading a book with their children parents used a more active communication style, bringing the child into contact with words they may not hear in every day speech, thereby improving their vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. In contrast watching TV resulted in significantly fewer descriptions and positive responses than mothers playing with toys. Human Communication Research, Dec 2011.