New research from Northern Arizona University is finding that the next generation of digital natives may need more distance from technology to develop healthy learning skills.

Associate Professor Anna Sosa at NAU focuses on promoting the best type of environment for child language development. Her research has shown the type of toys parents purchase has an impact on the child’s learning curve.

The toys used in the experiment were all promoted as a language promoters for children. The results show children using the toys independently are not developing language skills.

“The only way [children] will learn language even with these toys present is with the parent interacting with the child,” according to Sosa.

Sosa recommends spending as much time as possible with the child without electronic distractions. As well treating the sounds a child makes as an engaging conversation. By keeping the conversation going back and forth the child learns about socializing.