Monday, December 19, 2005

Brainy babies, or the next generation of couch potatoes?

Educational value of toddler tech toys questioned

Many video games, computer-software titles and DVDs advertised as "educational" for infants and toddlers, have not been proven to increase either the IQ or cognitive abilities of preschool children. That's the conclusion of a new study funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Glenn Lovell writes that these games and DVDs may be "less effective in educating very young children" than what they are replacing: one-on-one time with parents. Lovell explores the issue in the San Jose Mercury News.

Via Media by Sistrunk

Tags: Technology, Children, Parenting, Culture, Early Childhood Education, Education,


letter shredder said...

good thing my brother isn't addicted to games like these yet.

and i always ask my parents and siblings to supervise him no matter how busy they are.

DCS said...

Letter Shredder: Good for you and your family!

Len said...

"By putting computer games in the classroom, we're ultimately capitulating, creating a generation of children who are only learning by screen. We're displacing teachers,'' he said. ``Call me old-fashioned but I think something is lost by that."

I totally agree with the above statement. Technology is wonderful, but our kids need human guidance just as in times past. I sincerely hope we don’t go to the extreme with electronic teaching tools.

DCS said...

Len, I agree. Our children will always need the guidance of their parents and teachers.

Jaimie said...

i didn't have any of these for stella. i did opt for the baby einstein videos though-and she actually learned quite a bit of language through them [or was that through me? ;)]

Nothing is better than human interaction, as far as i'm concerned.

Neil said...

I'm very interested myself in the long-range effects of video games and such. Not that my generation was really any better, watching TV all the time. But at least TV shows usually had some humanistic value to it, even if it was something as dumb as "The Brady Bunch."

Deb Sistrunk said...

Jaimie: I am positive that you continue to be your daughter's greatest influence, especially when it came to language skills.

Neil: I guess kids learned something from the Brady Brunch, although I'm not sure what. :-)

To everyone: Yes, kids have to have that human interaction.