Originally Posted by Theoretica
Just out of curiousity...NOT attacking or anything...I just don't understand?
There's a ton of documented research that screen time at ALL prior to around age 3 is seriously detrimental to their verbal & cognitive development. How do you reconcile that with letting an 18mos baby play vgs?
I seriously don't want you to feel attacked at my asking, so it's genuinely NOT the intent.
I'm not sure the body of research really comes down to "all screen time before 3 is seriously
detrimental." There are so many problems with doing studies on kids because:
1. You can't really put kids in front of the TV 12 hours a day and measure it
2. It's hard to control for all the different factors, like which parents are likely to put their kids in front of the TV
3. What the screen time is about might be really important but I don't think most studies have been able to address this.
4. Media changes pretty quickly. To get a little bit back to the original question, video games today really are quite different than Tetris (which actually is/was a pretty nifty game in some ways).
I'm not sure there have been really good studies that could prove causation. There have been some interesting correlative ones, but a lot of them have been pretty well criticized.
I know that there is a body of thought that all screen time is awful, and actually as a broadcast-free family with a limited library of DVDs, I definitely took that under advisement in our choices. However I have to say that they can pry my Signing Time and Popular Mechanics for Kids and BBC Earth DVDs out of my dead hands before I would take those out of my child's life at this point.
And we did start ST at just over a year old.
Having read up on this for literally years, starting when I was teaching reading and there was some thought that TV basically knocks out higher-level thought so that kids don't learn to read fluently (not something that really panned out in a big cultural way), I'm not convinced that we really know for sure yet.
You can't feed kids pesticide-laden apples, cheese whiz, red dye and aspartame, prevent them from going outside, and stick them in front of the TV and then do a study and say it's the TV that caused them to become diagnosed ADHD - when ADHD diagnosis didn't even exist commonly 30 years ago.
It's really not like mixing DEET into the milk.