Back to basics

I got this in my inbox today:

DVDs to help babies learn ‘may hinder skills’

Researchers at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute found that for every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and video – which often feature disconnected images and scarce dialogue – infants understood an average of six to eight fewer words than infants who did not watch them. Baby DVDs and videos were found to have no effect on the vocabularies of children aged 17 to 24 months.

Frederick Zimmerman, lead author of the study and an associate professor of health services at the university, said of the paper, published today in the Journal of Pediatrics: “There is no clear evidence of a benefit from baby DVDs and videos and there is some suggestion of harm. The more a child watches baby DVDs and videos, the bigger the effect. The amount of viewing does matter.”

A spokesman for the Educational Institute of Scotland said:

“While we would not wish to comment on the suitability of any individual learning aid product, the EIS would support the view that there is no better method than interaction with parents or other carers in assisting young children in language acquisition.

“Visual aids such as CDs and DVDs are no substitute for genuine interaction with a parent or carer. Active parental involvement is a key to effective learning.”

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Who would have thought eh? It’s all hype on those baby DVDs I tell you. It even got me hounding after this Baby Einstein DVD set for weeks on eBay but for some reason have never won it. It looks like my losing on those auctions is a blessing in disguise! 🙂 I’m switching back to the basics.

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2 Responses to “Back to basics”

  1. Carlos showed me that article too. Make me go hmmmm. Now di ko alam gagawin ko.

  2. MARJ: Definitely something to think about. I still do believe that nothing beats real one-on-one interaction between child and parent. i think those dvds are ok but only as supplements.

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