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A new study from researchers at the University of Washington suggests that using educational TV and DVD, such as the "Baby Einstein" and "Brainy Baby" series, or "Sesame Street", may not be as beneficial for babies and young children as many hoped.
It's hardly a crime for parents to let their children watch some TV, and if it's teaching them something too, so much the better (at least, better than letting them watch Big Brother). Even so, the study suggests that for every hour per day that babies watch these DVDs and videos, they learn six to eight fewer new vocabulary words than babies who hadn't watched them.
Now, parents being told what's best for their kids by University boffins often leads to emotions running high. While these studies suggest that children who sit passively in front of TV shows don't do as well educationally, child-raising is a helluva lot more complicated than that.