"According to a 2003 study, a third of all babies from 6 months to 2 years old had at least one "Baby Einstein" video."Thankfully I never got into the Baby Einstein video craze. It didn't make sense that seemingly acid trip-inspired videos set to classical music would somehow turn my child brilliant - as an aside, Huck's brilliant for an entirely different set of reasons. And apparently Disney is thinking the same thing or rather they are acting to avoid a class-action lawsuit for deceptive marketing practices. Disney is offering refunds for folks who purchased the videos under the assumption that having infants watch t.v. is a good and educational thing to do. It's not. Says Vicky Rideout, vice president of Kaiser Family Foundation,
"To me, the most important thing is reminding parents that getting down on the floor to play with children is the most educational thing they can do."
Lest you think I stand on any kind of soapbox, Henry has watched t.v. before. He's seen a couple Disney/Pixar films and has even been to the movies. (We only have basic cable and I'm scared to death he'll find and love Barney so we don't usually even turn on the t.v. when he's awake.) He prefers books to the boob tube, for now at least, and I like to encourage that because boys tend to lag behind girls when it comes to reading.
For the full article over at the NY Times, click here.