Pros and Cons of Exposing Toddlers to Kids Channel on YouTube
YouTube has been a very popular site to all ages. It has been a place for entertainment, music, education, hobbies, talents, and even profit. Surely, you have visited this site already, or more intensely, has been addicted to it.
The various functions of YouTube create a dilemma on whether it can be considered as a good medium for the development of the kids’ skills, ability, and knowledge; or it only retards progress on these aspects. Because of this, parents and guardians might be raising questions on their heads on whether they should let their children be exposed to YouTube videos. Kids, especially those with ages one to three (toddlers), are easily influenced by whatever they see or hear. Ergo, strict parental guidance should be given while they watch videos. Listed below are the pros and cons that guardians should keep in mind in letting their child watch YouTube videos.
YouTube Videos that are made specifically for toddlers can help them easily develop their language skills.
The easiest way to help toddlers develop their language skills is to let them watch educational videos. Videos teaching alphabets, numbers, and shapes can help kids easily remember instead of simply enumerating them with the use of a pen and paper. Since kids are being entertained while learning, the span of their attentions becomes longer. Furthermore, the visual impact of videos is effective in teaching. Aside from this, videos with songs can help toddlers develop their vocabulary and spelling.
Talents of toddlers can be discovered and develop through YouTube
If toddlers keep on watching dance, music, and other videos showcasing talents and try to imitate them, their guardians might discover where they are good at. Through this, they can focus on developing that certain talent. And maybe, someday, they will become great singers, dancers, actors, or models. Isn’t that a good idea? They started by simply watching videos and they eventually became big personalities!
Watching YouTube Videos may retard the development of toddlers’ social skills
Too much exposure to YouTube videos will decrease the chance of kids to play with other kids. They will not gain playmates, and their social skills will not be developed. If they enjoy watching videos too much, they will choose it over interacting with other people.
Anything that is too much may cause addiction
Since toddlers are filled with innocence, they do not have enough wisdom to identify what is too much and what is not. They do not know when they are being addictive to something. Addiction may affect the mental and emotional development of children. This is why guardians should always moderate children in watching videos even those that can help develop their kids’ skills. It is important that an early age, they know the essence of discipline.
The effects of YouTube to toddlers vary depending on the guidance and discipline they receive while watching these videos. It is very important for guardians to be responsible, so that the use of YouTube will only benefit their children, and will not cause them any harm.