Monday, October 18, 2010

TV or not TV, that is the question...

Does using children's TV and video increase their vocabulary? Answer: no!

"Researchers found that the children did not learn any more words from their month-long exposure to the educational DVD than their control counterparts. In fact, the highest level of learning occurred in a no-video environment in which parents taught their children target words during everyday activities." from Miller-McCune

But there is good news: It ain't isn't making them dummer dumber either:

Earlier this year, our Erik Hayden reported that the amount of television had little discernible impact on children aged 5 to 10. While it’s comforting to know that the idiot box is truly not an idiot-maker, it is disheartening to discover that the old video babysitter isn’t making our children any smarter, either.