Posted by: brian | August 7, 2007

Hyperparenting gone awry

From Slate:

A study suggests “Baby Einstein” and other baby videos are bad for kids. Findings: 1) “32% of the babies were shown the videos, and 17% of those were shown them for more than an hour a day.” 2) “For every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants understood an average of six to eight fewer words than infants who did not watch them.” Theories: 1) By spending time with “DVDs and TV instead of with people,” the babies lose interaction with humans who “instinctively adjust their speech, eye gaze and social signals to support language acquisition.” 2) Baby DVDs are worse than educational TV shows, because the DVDs “have little dialogue, short scenes, disconnected pictures and … linguistically indescribable images.” Researcher’s conclusion: Your kid is better off watching American Idol with you than watching Baby Einstein alone. Human Nature’s view: You knew Baby Einstein had to be poison when President Bush extolled it. (To join the discussion, click here.)



  1. drat, Ben watches those things for hours on a roadtrip. Oh well, I knew it wouldn’t be too long before I screwed him up.

  2. Rats. Well, just don’t do it to the 2nd one! 😉

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