Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Videos and language development study

Study: Educational videos for babies hinder language development
Rather than becoming smarter, 8-month to 16-month-old infants know six to eight fewer words for every hour spent daily watching videos like "Brainy Baby" and "Baby Einstein," according to a survey carried out by professors at the University of Washington in Seattle and published Tuesday in the Journal of Pediatrics. "...[A] parent who spends a good deal of time reading to their child but then puts them in front of baby videos ... every day, may be undoing all the benefit of their hard work," said lead study author Frederick Zimmerman.
Los Angeles Times (8/8)

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