Les impacts du temps-écrans sur le développement langagier des enfants : une question de contenu éducatif versus non éducatif ?

 

Tania Tremblay

Université du Québec à Montréal

 

Domaine : langues et langage

Programme d'appui à la recherche pour les enseignants-chercheurs de collège

Concours 2018-2019

It is a fact. Children access the screens younger and younger and their exposure time is longer and longer. However, watching television or playing video games are sedentary activities. And who said sedentary activities, said higher risk of overweight or obesity.

We know that. Instead, what is less known is the impact on children's language development. Is it exposure to screens harmfull to their understanding ability and pragmatic competence, namely their capacity to adapt to the communication context to properly use the language?  And if the answer to this question would it be affirmative, are the effects observed due to exposure time rather than to the programs' content, educational or not, films and electronic games?
 
At the end of this project, these questions will be answered or, at least, will be clarified. Thus, the results will help guide the Canadian public health authorities on their recommendations regarding screen utilisation and, as well, will provide relevant information for all educators, health professionals and all the parents who question on healthy habits to adopt regarding the use of screens.