Interactional quality depicted in infant and toddler videos: where are the interactions?
Article first published online: 27 OCT 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Infant and Child Development
Special Issue: The Content and Context of Early Media Exposure
Volume 19, Issue 6, pages 594–612, November/December 2010
How to Cite
Fenstermacher, S. K., Barr, R., Brey, E., Pempek, T. A., Ryan, M., Calvert, S. L., Shwery, C. E. and Linebarger, D. (2010), Interactional quality depicted in infant and toddler videos: where are the interactions?. Inf. Child Develop., 19: 594–612. doi: 10.1002/icd.714
- Issue published online: 25 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 27 OCT 2010
- infant media;
- content analysis;
- interactional quality;
- parent-child interactions;
- peer-to-peer interactions
This study examined the social–emotional content and the quality of social interactions depicted in a sample of 58 DVDs marketed towards infants and toddlers. Infant-directed videos rarely used social interactions between caregiver and child or between peers to present content. Even when videos explicitly targeted social–emotional content, correlations between educational claims and the actual content of the videos were modest at best. Similarly, other domain content (e.g. language skills) that is best learned through high-quality social interactions was typically depicted without social interactions. The results suggest that producers of infant-directed media are not applying developmental principles or research evidence in ways that take full advantage of developmentally appropriate interaction strategies to present their content. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.