Kids Programs - Are They Educational For A Toddler?

@rosie230 (1674)
June 17, 2010 2:00am CST
Just a thought I had, whilst my kids are sitting watching the Disney Channel. My 15 month old loves to watch Mickey Mouse, Imagination Movers and Handy Manny, as well as his favourites Winnie The Pooh and Special Agent Oso. These are the shows he watches, or takes notice of, on our TV. I am wondering what your thoughts are as to whether you think that these shows act as some kind of educational purpose for him as he is learning new things. I actually like the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, because it is bright and colourful and has catchy music, which I think gets his attention. But also it's nice because it does seem quite educational, like with counting and other things. I just wonder if these kind of shows will help him with his learning? What do you guys think?
11 responses
@Ladyslipper (1330)
• Philippines
26 Jun 10
I believe that kids learn a lot through visual and also hearing. That's why I don't let my son get exposed to violent movies and shows on T.V. Whenever I am with my son I usually watch Discovery Channel, National Geographic and also Animal Planet. Sometimes I let him watch Sesame Street and also private educational DVDs I bought just for him. It includes counting, alphabets, reading, etc.
@xasasa (323)
• United States
18 Jun 10
I think they may help a little bit. I am guilty of allowing my children watch too much tv. I'm sure learning through play would be better.
@johnpillai (2083)
• Germany
17 Jun 10
When my children were toddlers i also had the thoughts like yours. I found these programmes educational. That is true. but don't make mistakes which i made. Set a time and let your child to watch TV. 30 minutes is enough. I wrote a small article in my blog about preschool and tv. if you don#t mind you can visit my blog and tead the article.
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
17 Jun 10
While some exposure to television is a good thing, what I used to do with my kids was to try to expand on what they were just exposed to by creating an environment where they did things that were more fun for them than TV. At 15 months what they watch on television does not have a lot of impact on their little brains though. While teachers are trying to talk about violence on TV I am worried about the evening news. Do little children need to hear about the latest major crime? I don't think so. Just my opinion.
• Philippines
17 Jun 10
My 5 year old nephew likes to watch Tom and Jerry and other Nick shows. Although some of them are indeed educational I don't think he's learning from it. He's more versed in using the computer. Because he knows how to use a computer, I am using Rosetta Stone to teach him English (not our native language). Personally, TV programs are just for relaxation and entertainment. Although bits of general information can be learned from it, it is still not a good way to educate children.
@oldchem1 (8144)
17 Jun 10
I think that a lot of the programmes on Cbeebies are educational, and anything that stimulates a child's imagination is naturally excellent for them. However I think that there is far too much TV available for children these days and that it can be used as as easy get out for some parents to keep their kids entertained. When my older kids were young there was only an hour or so a day children's TV, in fact when my eldest daughter was small we didn't have a TV at all until she was 18 months old, but she could talk and hold a conversation with anyone at 14 months and knew all her nursery rhymes as I sat with her during the day talking, reading, singing etc. By the time I had my last child 14 years ago we had all day kids TV, but I did limit how much he could watch as I think that mum's can teach the kids far more than that box in the corner!!
@durgabala (1362)
• India
17 Jun 10
well a 15 month old will not learn much from TV. Its only distraction for them. My kids watch lot of these kids program. They watch POGO, Disney, NIck and a local channel. They enjoy tom and jerry and mickey mouse. MM club house and DOra are educative. My kids have learnt counting and words. But others are trash. Noddy is good to watch but nothing there to learn actually. May be kids can pick up good english words. Thomas the tank engine is also good, but very difficult to follow for young kids. Just restrict the time watched. Books are always better than TV.
@marianne87 (3526)
17 Jun 10
A lot of kids programs are educational, whether they teach academic or moral lessons. My kids are 5 and 3, they do watch more than the recommended amount of tv but I'm not worried about it because I know they are learning from the programs they watch. I try to avoid those which are just for fun and have no real educational value. My 5 year old is at school and we use programs which focus on reading and writing to reinforce what she's learning at school, as well as actually reading books and helping her to write for herself.
• Malaysia
17 Jun 10
it does help..repeated exposure to good stimulus will make it easier for the small one to learn and pick up alphabets, numbers, etc.. my mum said that i grew up on Sesame Street.. and i still like it until today. it was fun & very very educational. basically anything from the Children's Television Workshop is very good.. have a look at
• Singapore
17 Jun 10
How about watching with them and sort of guide them along? Maybe they should avoid programs that show violence but I think most kids programs are educational. It's good to expose kids to a lot of things when they are young because that's the period when they are inquisitive and interested in things around them. They can probably learn a lot of things, just need to make sure you give them the right ones.
@lelin1123 (15643)
• Puerto Rico
17 Jun 10
My granddaughter who is 4 years old watches shows like spongebob, Dora, Go Diego, and Backyardigans. She loves watching the cartoon Tom and Jerry also. She has learned alot from these shows. The shows you have mentioned I don't think she has seen. She usually watches the Nick channel. In the beginning of the mention shows above, they will tell you what the show will teach them.