Sesame Street is Only Good to Preschoolers, but NOT Toddlers, Studies Say

Based on the results of two studies, Sesame Street has positive effects on preschoolers' intellectual development across a broad range of subject areas. The effects can even endure for as long as 10 to 12 years. However, it is NOT favored for toddlers because it hinders their development of expressive language.

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1: "The Impact Of Sesame Street On Preschool Children: A Review And Synthesis Of 30 Years' Research," Media Psychology, 1999, by SM Fisch, RT Truglio, CF Cole. (Citations: 72).

Thirty years after its broadcast premiere, Sesame Street continues to pursue its mission of entertaining and educating children around the world. This article assesses the impact of the US Sesame Street and several international Sesame Street coproductions, through a ...


1: "Infants' And Toddlers' Television Viewing And Language Outcomes," American Behavioral Scientist, 2005, by DL Linebarger, D Walker. (Citations: 253).

Abstract: Viewing data were reported every 3 months beginning at 6 months of age by the parents of 51 infants and toddlers. Viewing logs were coded for program, content, and intended audience. Using hierarchical linear modeling techniques, growth curves examining relationships between television exposure and the child’s vocabulary knowledge and expressive language skills were modeled. Parent’s education, child’s home environment, and child’s cognitive performance were statistically controlled. The findings support the importance of content and program type when describing media effects. At 30 months of age, watching Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, Arthur, Clifford, or Dragon Tales resulted in greater vocabularies and higher expressive language scores; watching Teletubbies was related to fewer vocabulary words and smaller expressive language scores; watching Sesame Street was related only to smaller expressive language scores; and viewing Barney & Friends was related to fewer vocabulary words and more expressive language. Reasons for differences are discussed.

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