TV As Social Partner … For Toddlers?

“Active engagement with television has been an antidote to criticism that the tube creates zombies. ‘Blue’s Clues,’ which celebrated its 10th anniversary last month, has been credited with helping young children learn from the screen. Academic research has shown that viewers ages 3 to 5 score better on tests of problem solving than those who haven’t watched the show. But what happens with children younger than 3? Should babies and toddlers be exposed to television at all? … While debates rage among parents, pediatricians and critics of baby videos (think ‘Baby Einstein’), developmental psychologists are trying to apply some science to the question.”