Baby Media

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DeLynn Downam
Professor Tiffany Grovenstein
Developmental Psychology 241
February 25, 2016

Are there cognitive benefits for young children in watching baby media?
Introduction
We live in the period when TV, online videos are used for many different purposes. Various video programs can provide educational purposes, accelerating and facilitating the processes of learning, different movies and TV shows can perform the function of entertainment. And although some video-reportages, films can carry the aggression, violence, etc. in general TV media themselves are not something positive or negative. Whether TV brings benefits or harm to the individual, as I believe, depends more on how the individual will use what television media offers to him/her.
In the modern time, not only adults watch different media, but young children are also exposed to watching different TV programs, cartoons, educational movies etc. Parents of young children can use baby media to calm a child, as a safe replacement for other activities, as the background, to distract the attention of the child, etc. Some parents also tend to believe that watching television programs by children is a necessary element of a normal development of a child. However, these assumptions are often baseless and not supported by any facts (Brown, 2011).
In early childhood, there is some invisible but intensive development in the brain. The brain of a 5-year-old child in size is almost the same as that of an adult. Brain structures in early childhood are plastic and flexible. A child after one`s birth has approximately 2500 synapses. Until the age of 2-3-year, the number of synapses in neurons increases to 15000 (Craig& Baucum, 2002, p. 319). These and other facts of neuroscience help us to understand why and how important it is to train and develop a young child. Since early childhood is a very important…...

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