Lots of Noise and Few Words: Electronic Toys Limited The Use of Language

Electronic toys are all the rage and we are not going to renege on them. But we could talk about a bad use which is made of certain articles, leaving the children alone with them hoping that the device in issue interact enough with our children (in addition to entertain you). A study has pointed out that electronic toys limited the use of language in children and that these have a smaller vocabulary or take more to speak in a certain way.

And it is that, of course, is not the same to play with MOM, Dad, brothers or friends who do it with a machine that can come to us very well to improve motor and cognitive skills of children, but at the same time could refine their verbal and social skills.

At the University of Northern Arizona, United States, a group of researchers proposed to reveal the influence of the different types of toys in young children. They arrived at the conclusion that electronic devices with lights and sounds are associated with the use of a language of lower quality and less heavy in words.

On the contrary, thanks to the language Exchange that occurs with families to share books and traditional toys, the language was more developed in children from 10 to 16 months of age (the same strip that modern toys).

The study, published in the latest issue of the journal JAMA Pediatrics, is titled “Keeping Children’s Attention.” “The Problem With Bells and Whistles” (something like ‘ keep children’s attention.) The problem with chimes and beeps ‘).

In particular, for studying the 26 participating families received three types of toys: electronic (computer for babies, a farm with sounds and a mobile phone); traditional (wooden puzzles and blocks of rubber with images); and five books of carton with farm animals, shapes, and colors.

Recorded the interaction between parents and children with all these toys and they saw that while playing with electronic devices, parents used less conversational turns, respond less to children and used fewer words than when they were with the books or puzzles. The children also saw differences, since they vocalizaban less while playing with electronic toys.

The key to these results is that the toys that most the attention of children, those with lights and sounds, also in a way them “hypnotize” for quite a while, and then they speak or speaking them if we neglect. Is not that tThe lights and sounds be harmful stimuli, but are leaving aside other stimuli needed if we focus exclusively on them.

Playing traditional games in which there is more than one participant, established shifts, is dialogue, refers to the rules, wondered, will assume certain roles… In short, there are more communicative interaction, which in the end and after is the basis of linguistic and social development of infants.

It is noteworthy that the moment in which the parents used more language was to share books, which is strange because you have to tell them what is happening on each page, ask them more so they interpret the drawings, try to repeat the names of animals or objects that appear… and each page is a different surprise.

Of course, we are not against technological toys, but we have to be aware that children are lost some things against the screens, so it would have to find an ideal combination and not to abuse the games to “absorb” the child and that is only with them.

In this way, the problem that electronic toys with the language development may be decreased It will not appear and we will share a time of Super game with our children, more traditional or more modern, but without forgetting the conversation, the word, songs, books…