Family Literacy Activities Mediate the Effects of Screen Time on Children’s Language Development

Article de revue


État de publication: Publiée (2021 Mai )

Nom de la revue: Psychology and Behavioral Science

Volume: 17

Numéro: 1

Intervalle de pages: 12

ISBN: 2474-7688


Résumé: Children’s recreational screen time is a public health issue because it has negative effects on various aspects of their development; oral language skills are particularly affected. Given that family literacy contributes positively to the development of language skills, this study sought to answer the following question: Can family literacy activities mediate the negative effects of screen time on the language skills of preschool and school-aged children? Data from 149 children (55% girls) assessed at the ages of 4 and 7 years old confirmed the mediating role of family literacy activities at preschool age. Our results suggest that promoting these activities for preschool children is a relevant strategy to try to reduce the negative impacts of screen time. Hopefully, parents, professionals and health care authorities will consider this suggestion carefully