Posted on October 2, 2007,

Video Games May Affect Toddlers Learning Abilities

toddler-video-gaming.jpgDon’t let your toddlers play video games, assuming they can even pick up the controllers.

According to the Nigerian Tribune, which is apparently a publication of Nigeria, toddlers of a certain age had trouble picking up on language development when introduced to video games, cartoons and other visual media.

“For every hour a day spent watching baby DVDs, cartoons, video, video games, etc, infants between the ages of eight and 16 months old understood an average of six to eight fewer words more than infants who did not watch any one of them. The baby’s DVDs or video had no positive or negative effects on the vocabulary of toddlers ages 17 to 24 months”, Fredrick Zimmerman, an associate professor of Health Services at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute, said in the article.

The findings were from a study which included 1,000 families with toddlers, and scientists concluded that there was no positive effects from playing video games or watching cartoons.

What video games were they playing? If drooling into a controller was part of the gameplay, that’s awesome.

via Nigeran Tribune

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3 Comments on Video Games May Affect Toddlers Learning Abilities


On October 2, 2007 at 6:49 am

Hi, my son has been playing console and computer games since he was old enough to crawl up to the PC. His first console game was mario kart racing for the N64 and he’s moved on from there. He’s now 5 years old and can read at a 4th grade level. After his first day at kindergarten the teacher was prepared to move him to 1st grade. Obviously I’m not a believer of games having any negative effect on learning.


On October 2, 2007 at 7:49 am

Sorry, but I never connected Nigeria with having the best scientists in the world. Aren’t they the country that still has mines littered around their country? I would think playing a game of frogger or two would help the toddlers prepare for their life of dodging active landmines.


On October 2, 2007 at 11:43 am

I agree with Tim. Gaming will have a negative effect if that’s all that they do. My daughter watched a lot of tv but mostly Dora, Blues Clues and what not. She’s 8 and has also seen all 3 Resident Evil movies. She is over Dora now but I have a balance of kid stuff and a little more grown up.

Here’s a thought though. If you wan’t your kids to be good readers you have to read to them or with them.