Media and Early Childhood Development

Dafna Lemish and Barbara Kolucki

in Handbook of Early Childhood Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199922994
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980420 | DOI:
Media and Early Childhood Development

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This chapter focuses on the role media can play in bettering the lives of young children globally. Although media can have negative influences on child development, we emphasize the positive potential that holistic and developmentally appropriate communication can have on young children and caregivers. Communication for, with, and about young children that is inclusive and culturally sensitive can help them develop cognitively, socially, and emotionally, especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable. It can also strengthen, be supportive of, and complement broader integrated early child development strategies and specific development goals. We review research and suggest four principles and supporting guidelines for using communication to achieve these goals. The chapter describes several examples of successful communication for young children from low- and middle-income countries. We conclude with recommendations for policymakers and programmers who wish to support similar initiatives.

Keywords: age-appropriate communication; communication; development; diversity; media; message; modeling; safe haven; stereotype; unicef

Chapter.  7798 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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