Once a month, Vues around the country will be showing classic TV shows – and experts argue that sharing the experience of watching the adventures of Thomas and Friends and more with other children can prove invaluable for their cognitive development.
They’re sitting there in this magical environment, and they can concentrate so well on it rather than being distracted, which happens a lot at home.
This might not come as a surprise to a lot of parents, child psychologist Liz Fraser told London Live earlier this week. “We all know that if you plonk a child in front of a television and walk out of the room, chances are they’re going to stop watching within 30 seconds. They’ve probably got other devices in the room, they might start playing with toys,” says Fraser. The difference is that with Little Screen, “they’re sitting in this magical environment,” where they’re surrounded by other children and there’s a big screen at the front, making it less likely that they’ll get distracted.
Fraser encourages parents to ask their kids about what they’ve watched after the screening, too. “You’re there together and you can talk about it for the rest of the weekend,” she says. “It’s so important for children’s early education.”
Little Screen December will be showing at Vue on Saturday 10th December and Sunday 11th December. Get times and tickets here.