Educational DVDs may hinder rather than help a young child’s learning. Infants who watch DVDs such as Brainy Baby and Baby Einstein know fewer words than those who do not watch such programmes, a new study suggests.
For the study, a lengthy (45 minute) telephone interview was conducted with about 500 families that had a child born in the previous 16 months.
After controlling for other factors, such as parents’ educational status and the number of children per household, the analysis revealed that for every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs, toddlers understood an average of six to eight words fewer than those who did not view them.
The study did not indicate weather the reduced vocabulary was a direct result of DVD watching or simply a result of less parent-child interaction.
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