In November’s Psychological Science, researchers report that the hundreds of millions of dollars spent annually on videos designed for new babies is probably wasted. (Any surprise there?) They compared groups of babies that watched an educational DVD compared with a control group who didn’t.
Even when parents watched the video with the children and interacted with them, it still didn’t do better than those teaching their children without videos. While some parents insist these videos are effective, the researchers indicate that it’s just naturally rapid child development.
The lesson? Maybe it’s time we stopped using DVD’s as babysitters and start interacting in person with our children.
Any thoughts or first-hand experience out there on the subject?