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Research Article

Almost Being There: Video Communication with Young Children

  • Joanne Catherine Tarasuik,

    Affiliation: Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Roslyn Galligan,

    Affiliation: Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Jordy Kaufman mail

    Jkaufman@swin.edu.au

    Affiliation: Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Published: February 24, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017129

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Infants too young for video communication can be harmed by it

Posted by kananjaswal on 01 Oct 2013 at 12:00 GMT

Three or four times a week, I speak to my son over Skype, when his 51/2-month old daughter is awake, my son brings her too. Now when I call her by name, she notices me and at times extends her arms in my direction inviting me to hold her. I am wondering if I am confusing her infant mind by calling her and by making her smile just like her father and mother do but at the same time by not being able to hold her in my arms. Like that, I think I am coming in the way of her mental development which I would never like to do. I think she is too young for a video communication and such communication should start only when the child is old enough to appreciate that hearing or seeing someone could be separated from physical proximity, only when the child knows their interlocutor as a physical person who for some reason is not present there,

What do the experts say? I would love to hear from them. Thanks!

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