Should Babies Be Watching Television and DVDs?

Ellen Ann Wartella*, Alexis Re Lauricella

*Corresponding author for this work

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Should babies be watching television and DVDs? This is a reasonable question to ask but a difficult one to answer. This article reviews the theories and related research to examine what is known about infant media use. The review provides evidence both for and against each theory. The importance of infants learning how to watch and learn from screen media presentations is indicated and the new world of media to which babies are exposed is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-621
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012


  • Developmental outcomes
  • DVD
  • Hypotheses
  • Infants
  • Learning
  • TV
  • Video deficit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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