Repeat viewing has benefits for children

Parents and caregivers rejoice – there’s nothing wrong with your child watching the same movies or television shows, or even playing the same video games, on repeat.

In a timely message as children enjoy the long summer break, ACU Associate Professor Laura Scholes has written a piece for The Conversation about the benefits of repeated viewing.

Associate Professor Scholes explains in her article that watching the same show again and again helps children to learn through repetition, with subsequent exposure allowing them to build on their understandings of elements such as storyline, characters, and plot.

Familiarity with movies and television shows also allows children to have deeper discussions and to think critically about what they are watching.

As Associate Professor Scholes, of the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE), further explains, this can help children to learn how to reason and make judgements about controversial issues.

In her piece, she also provides tips to parents and caregivers about how to ask questions to help a child make meaning from what they are viewing.

Read the article first published in The Conversation here

To learn more about ILSTE click here

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