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A new study from the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington indicates that toddlers learn language from video chats just as well as live interactions, according to AboutKidsHealth.

Researchers also say that teaching toddlers language via video chats may be a better educational tool than television, further promoting language development.

The study involved 42 toddlers, aged 24 months to 30 months (24 of which were boys). Each child participated in ‘training sessions,’ where a new word was taught in one of three ways: video-chat training (using Skype), real-life interaction between the researcher and child, and a pre-recorded video of the researcher teaching the new word.

The children were then tested on how well they learned the new word by their ability to use the word and point to the related action, either when prompted to or on their own. Based on their results, researchers conclude that children are able to learn language from video chats just as well as live interactions. Children were also just as engaged during live video-chat, by waving, pointing, and answering questions.

An additional finding also suggests that children are unable to learn as well from pre-recorded videos. This is because children cannot engage in a lively and responsive interaction with the television, say researchers.

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