‘Children learn more words during lockdown than before pandemic’ – Miriam Stoppard

Studies have shown that although children are exposed to more screen time during the lockdown than in the past, they gain more words overall than expected, says Dr. Miriam Stoppard.

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Parents were asked how much screen time their children had both before and during the pandemic

One by one, the long-term effects of Covid are revealing themselves.

Some are physical, like a distorted sense of smell, and some are mental, such as an inability to concentrate.

One of the more serious cases can affect our children, especially young children, who are isolated during the lockdown.

To find out the impact of isolation, researchers from 13 countries, including a psychologist from the University of Warwick, studied 2,200 infants and toddlers between the ages of 8 and 36 months. .

One project led by the University of Oslo, Norway, looks at language development, while another, which unites centers in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, looks at screen time.







Parents also complete vocabulary checklists to keep track of how many words their child understands
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In March 2020, when the ban was put in place, parents from 13 countries were asked to fill out a questionnaire about their child, then they were contacted again once the lockdown was over.

They were asked what activities they did with their children during the lockdown, how long their children’s devices were used before and during that time, how much time they spent using their own devices, and their attitudes children’s time using the device.

Parents also complete vocabulary checklists to track how many words their child understood and/or said at the start and said again at the end of the course.

Studies show that children who are read more during a course will learn more words, than children who are read less.

Increased device time resulted in children saying fewer words, compared with their peers with less device time.

Crucially, while children were exposed to more screen time during the lockdown than in the past, overall, they gained more words than expected.







Increased device time resulted in children saying fewer words, compared with their peers with less device time
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Professor Nivedita Mani, of the University of Göttingen in Germany, said: “Many caregivers are already in a new situation of caring for and entertaining their young children at home all day long without the need for other activities and out their other responsibilities.

“Allowing your child to increase screen time is an understandable solution to an unprecedented situation in which caregivers are shouldering multiple responsibilities – work or work meetings. requires concentration, along with a small child in need of entertainment.

“We all did it during the lockdown.”

The most reassuring finding of this study is that despite more screen time, children learned more words during the March 2020 lockdown than they did before the pandemic.

This is due to other activities that parents and caregivers do with children.

Dr Suzanne Aussems of the University of Warwick contributed to both studies and said: “It is wonderful to be a part of this incredible team effort and the findings are of great relevance to psychologists. developmental psychology as well as families with children.”

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