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One key to teaching toddlers with TV: trickery

New research suggests why kids under 3 don’t learn from video

BALTIMORE—To get toddlers to learn new information from educational television shows or DVDs, don’t bribe them or bully them — just trick them. One way to teach young children with video is to convince them that what they see on the screen is as real as anything they encounter in person, new research presented March 12 at the International Conference on Infant Studies shows.

Through an elaborate experimental deception, researchers were able to erase much of the “video deficit” in learning that has previously been observed in children under age 3.

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