Title: Examining the impact of mobile technology on parenting and children’s language development
Status: In Progress
Sample group: 40
Leading Professor: Eva Chen
Summary: Previous studies indicate that the quantity of parental input in interactions with their children in the crucial period 0-3 is has one of the highest impacts on infant ’s development. At the same time, now exists accurate, portable and affordable technology to monitor the quantity of parental input.
In this study, we are examining the extent to which mobile technology can be used to monitor the quantity of parental input to the baby and further examine the extent to which the number of words that they baby is exposed to during their interactions impact language development. As a secondary measure, the study will also use surveys to assess the impact of the knowledge delivered to the parents during the study on their understanding of early childhood education and confidence in parenting skills.
We intend the outcomes of this study to set the foundation for more active public discussion about the importance of early childhood education and the need for caregivers to spend more quality time with their babies.