As Teletubbies returns to our screens with new episodes experts say children’s TV can play a huge role in kids’ development
Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po burst on to our screens 19 years ago and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. The Fab Four are back on British television on CBeebies and Child Development expert Dr Jaqueline Harding looks at the impact the show had and why parents should embrace children’s TV as a huge tool in educating and developing them.
In the new digital era, children are consuming content at an increasingly early age on phones, TVs and tablets, which can often make parents feel anxious and guilty. But while there’s more of it than ever before, children’s TV has been a mainstay for the nation’s kids for over 50 years.
And 19 years ago, it was all about four colourful friends called Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po. The Teletubbies was a worldwide sensation and next week it returns to our screens with new episodes starting on CBeebies on the 9th of May.
So almost 20 years on, how much has changed when it comes to children’s TV? And how can it help the nation’s kids learn and develop?
Child Development expert Dr Jaqueline Harding has studied children’s television for many years and has identified that watching high quality TV with your child can be a great provider of information and can even help them develop in surprising ways, pointing out that in 2016 it’s now a much more interactive experience.