Educational DVDs Have Zero Impact on Small Kids

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One of the great debates in parenting circles is whether the "educational" DVDs marketed to older infants and toddlers actually gives those kids a developmental edge. A new study out this week in the journal Pediatrics provides the final piece of the puzzle we've all needed to end this debate once and for all. The claims made by those popular DVDs just did not hold up when 900 kids were followed from birth through their first 3 years of age. In other words, those kids did not improve their development one bit by watching "educational DVDs".

I just returned from Fox25 Boston where I discussed this study in more detail and reviewed the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations for TV viewing in children. Here's the clip with all the ins and outs of this study and TV watching in small kids:



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