June 1, 2017; (NaturalSociety.com) There is ample research which should give parents pause when considering whether to let the TV babysit their kids. One study even suggests that too much tube time can lead to poor bone health later on.
I don’t like to bash TV. A decade ago, I worked with teen moms and their babies in a group-home setting, and nothing seemed to calm the little ones quite like Baby Einstein videos. Those videos also had a soothing effect on my nieces and nephews when they were babies.
Baby Einstein videos are both colorful and educational, and they benefit adults, too, by helping them to not lose their minds.
However, in excess, TV can be very harmful to children, both physically and psychologically. The evidence is overwhelming.
Science says you can tell the difference between children who were regularly being read to in infancy and children who were entertained by a TV or some other form of electronic screen by how talkative they are.