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Children television networks to use subtitles to boost literacy levels

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This weekend, a major call will be instructed to children television networks backed by lead presenter, Benjamin, to activate the subtitles on children television in the bid to boost children’s literacy levels. The move is also expected to affect the other streaming channels and children play channels, and eventually, escalate literacy levels of learners.

Children television networks to activate subtitles

The subtitles run at the lower part of the children’s television networks where the children will be reading subconsciously and boost their command of written and spoken languages. According to scholars, reading subtitles while watching television has a learning effect on learners. The campaign is aiming at boosting the reading capacity of learners from native English countries.
The initiative received backing from the retired president Bill Clinton who stated that language subtitles on children television networks lead to increased levels of competent readers in the primary stages of learning. Clinton reiterated the action may seem small but hashuge impact on the lives of youthful learners.

Tots to draw the attention of broadcasters

The subtitles initiative is run by a group known as Tots, in long-form, turn on the subtitles which are set to start off this week. The organization has written a letter to draw attention to broadcasters to the advantages of streaming the same language subtitles on kids’ television networks across the world, especially after the COVID19 epidemic shut down the schools in efforts to mitigate its spread. COVID19 has rendered learners to learn from home with serious lockdown measures taking shape globally.
The children’s television networks subtitle campaign will affect online sites and broadcasting stations like Netflix, Sky, BBC and YouTube kids. The group is agitating for changes to be enacted immediately for maximum advantages to the young students. If done in urgency, the changes will lead to a huge impact on the young students during these pandemic times.

Subtitles draw the viewers’ eyes for a substantial moment

 Warren, who is a specialist in EdTech, aims at making parents and broadcasters aware of the positive effects of the subtitles to the children. The process will be initiated with the video on demand and end with the children’s cites.
Eye-tracking during the viewing of television in the Dutch Netherlands indicates that the subtitles draw the viewers’ eyes for a substantial moment. A majority of 94 percent of the kids have been exposed to subtitles with simpler words at the rate of 81 words a minute.
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