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What does research tell us about media and outcomes for young children?

New media forms and seemingly contradictory research findings and news reports have made the topic of media and outcomes for young children both controversial and confusing. PPN's new Expert Perspectives feature gives PPN visitors the opportunity to ask three leading child policy experts their questions on the topic of videos and television programming for children under two years old.

Listed below are resources with more information on the influence of media on young children.


Parents, Children & Media: A Kaiser Family Foundation Survey — June 2007

Digital Childhood: Electronic Media and Technology Use Among Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers — May 2007

Television and DVD/Video Viewing in Children Younger Than 2 Years — May 2007

A Systematic Review for the Effects of Television Viewing by Infants and Preschoolers — Nov. 2006

The Media Family: Electronic Media in the Lives of Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Their Parents — May 2006

A Teacher in the Living Room? Educational Media for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers — Dec. 2005

Infants' and Toddlers' Television Viewing and Language Outcomes — 2005

Early Television Exposure and Subsequent Attentional Problems in Children — Apr. 2004

Zero to Six: Electronic Media in the Lives of Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers — Oct. 2003