We’ve all heard the benefits of educational videos, such as the “Baby Einstein” and “Brainy Baby” series.

That if you park your infant in front of a video, he or she will be talking and getting smarter in no time.

But that’s not exactly true.

In the latest study on the effects of popular “educational” videos and mobile apps, researchers find that these products may be doing more harm than good. And they may actually delay language development in toddlers.

In fact, advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood complained to the government earlier this month about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn.

Dr. George Drinka, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and the author of “The Birth of Neurosis: Myth, Malady and the Victorians”, said nowadays people are letting technology parent their child. In fact, technology is geared more to children.

So what should a parent do?

Parent-child interactions plays a vital role in a child’s development.

Infants respond positively to smiles, bright colors and high pitched voices this attachment is not only developed with humans but also what is put in front of them and that is a screen.

The “use of media machine to distract the child, its removal as punishment, and ensuing tantrum as a new problem,” said Drinka.

Placing a screen in front of your child can have serious effects in their development. Children can develop aggressive behavior, depression, nightmares, screen addiction, and poor relationships with peers.

Will Rhame, Literacy and Education Expert, and author of the Voyager Series, said that the digital age is not going to go away. If children don’t bond with their parents they will elsewhere and that elsewhere might not be with the right crowd.

Tips from the doctors for your tech-savvy kids

1. No screen access. Don’t have a TV, computer, or video game in your room. This can lead to increased screen time.

2. 2-Hour regulation. Regulating your time can help you spend more with your family, reading, or doing homework.

3. Group screen time. Watch TV with your family and watch what they advise you to watch.

4. Do other activities. Play outside and do homework before going to the screen.

5. Look out for our siblings. Don’t let our siblings under 2 watch or play on our screens. It could have damaging effects on their development.

Source: Kids On Screen by Neeti Kohli


Shauna Brayman, 22, is a University of Nebraska at Omaha student interning for momaha this summer.

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