A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While not obviously educational, there are some bits that might introduce new ideas, especially the live-action segments that feature kids from different parts of the world showing a bit of their world -- like how they milk goats or bake muffins.
The series sends the most basic messages of harmony, friendship, and fun and introduces basic learning concepts, such as numbers and words.
Positive Role Models
The Teletubbies are pleasant and helpful to each other. The live-actions segments show a diverse group of kids doing interesting things.
The teletubbies speak in a giggling baby language.
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Products & Purchases
The Teletubbies have spawned a vast array of merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this show out of Great Britain is a big hit with toddlers and preschoolers. It's never explained exactly what the Teletubbies are, but they're ultimately cute and benign. But the question comes down to this: How old should children be before they are introduced to television? The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn't recommend any TV time for kids under 2; that said, there are no content concerns within this show for the youngest viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Teletubbies, though gentle and mild in tone, might be confusing to the youngest viewers: It appeals to non-order just when kids most require order to organize their formative mind. On the other hand, the show is non-violent, multicultural, and curious. It embraces love and play. It's slow and gentle -- though its emphasis on watching the videos that play on the Tubbies' tummies is a bit redundant.
In the end, although Teletubbies is unique and fascinating, it's not necessarily educational or important. You may want to decide whether it serves as a treat -- or a distraction -- before letting your child watch more than twice a week.
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