Research in the contemporary age plays a significant part in this wide scope of information. There is a vast directory of research establishments and programs, which operate privately and with little regulation by a central body. This means that an uncapped level of research tests and surveys can be conducted on a single subject, providing variable results and different interpretations of these findings. This, coupled with the vast amount of media channels that these results can be published through, creates an unchecked gathering of conflicting material on a single subject and in one single place.
However, this is only potential divisive if an individual lacks a clear sense of identity and is unable to undertake a clear decision making process. In that instance, the trends of modern media the way that they publish facts or opinion can be bewildering and debilitating to a concise way of thinking. Where childcare and raising children is concerned, this poses danger to the successful upbringing of a minor and they way on which they themselves are taught to absorb information, be selective and make a considered choice.
Though the average score was still categorized as normal, the difference between the two subject groups was significant. These findings applied chiefly to babies who were present in the room while more programming was being viewed, but also suggested that were negative connotations with supposed educational programs such as Sesame Street. This has led to experts to surmise that time spent watching television is reducing the levels of dialogue and interaction that a child is exposed to, and that it would be advisable that a baby up to 12 months old does not see any television at all.
While these findings are concerning, they are entirely opposed to significant research conducted through the 1990’s which helped to develop and encourage education programs for babies and toddlers. This particular test was also conducted across a small subject group, so can not be classified as definitive or conclusive. Therefore, parents are forced to assess both sets of findings using the processes of logic and comprehension, and then form their own opinion on whether they are supportive of one particular argument or wish to seek a balance between the two extremes of discussion.
Raising the Decision Makers of TomorrowAs cognitive development is such a significant factor in a child’s upbringing, these results provide a dilemma for typical parents. Education programming has long been accepted as helpful assist in keeping babies both occupied and engaged, and the challenge to this wisdom is one that directly influences the way that parents raise their children. It is an interesting parallel that positive stimulation and development in children increases their sociability and ability to undertake mental processes, which in turn helps to create the forward thinking decision makers required for the next generation.
So parents must take heed of the information they are presented with, no matter how diverse the sources may be. They must then be clear in the thinking and show faith in their own judgement, and assess the best and most practical way to raise their children. Opposing bodies of information should not be seen as contradictory or detrimental to each other, but more as a single resource that provides variable data to best assist an educated decision making process.