Studies show all those baby videos may do more harm than good. University of Washington researchers Frederick Zimmerman and Dr. Dimitri Christakis found in 2007 that the more time babies spent watching videos they also learned six to eight fewer new words than babies who never watched them. Ouch!
Simone and Nadia didn’t watch much TV or videos before age 2, but we are now reevaluating just how much they watch. Why? Because they sometimes ignore us or delay doing something we’ve asked so that they can watch TV. That is not acceptable.
Sure, we have some of the videos in question, but I can’t remember the last time we played them. In fact, I’m pretty sure Nadia saw less of them than Simone because she has a big sister to help keep her entertained.
I don’t think all videos are bad, as long as they are used in moderation. We have purchased Meet The Sight Words 1 and 2 for Simone. She knows about 30 sight words, and we plan to purchase the Meet The Sight Words 3 video.
For her sake and mine, I hope no one releases a study in a few years saying such videos do more harm than good.