Screen time hinders speech development, say parents

One in six parents believes too much time in front of the TV and computer screen hinders a child's speech, research suggests.

And more than half (51 per cent) think youngsters can suffer from speech problems if their parents do not talk to them enough.

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The findings are contained in a survey of 6,000 people, including 3,000 parents, conducted by the Communication Trust to mark the launch of the Hello campaign – the national year of communication.

It found that 16 per cent of adults, and 17 per cent of parents, believe too much time in front of screens is one of the most common causes of speech, language and communication needs.