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3 Reasons Why ‘CoComelon’ Is Good For Your Little Ones

The animated series is a most-watched show on Netflix, YouTube.

Bright, colorful, and cute animation: check. Catchy nursery rhymes and easy-to-follow songs: check. While all pre-school shows incorporate these elements into their productions, there’s one educational children’s show on YouTube and Netflix that’s absolutely killing the ratings and competition— CoComelon.

Created some 15 years ago by a couple from Orange County, CA, as a way to entertain their sons, the YouTube channel and streaming media show has since taken the world by storm. As of July 2020, CoComelon is YouTube’s most-viewed channel in the United States, the second most-viewed channel in the world, and the most-subscribed children’s channel in the world.

CoComelon isn’t doing too badly on Netflix either. In 2020, it remained on Netflix’s top 10 most-watched shows for over two months, outlasting popular series like Tiger King and The Umbrella Academy

What is it about CoComelon’s hour-long episodes that resonate with an audience so finicky and with short attention spans? Here are three reasons why the show is good for kids:

#1: CoComelon Has Bright, Moving Visuals

“Babies and toddlers are naturally attracted to bright, flashy visuals mainly because their vision is still developing,” says family therapist Dr. Laura Froyen.

“They are also easily distracted, so fast-moving and flashy images hold their attention longer by consistently redirecting their focus.” (Read: 5 Books That Teach Kids the Complexities of Love)

#2: CoComelon Has Vivid Colors

Photo from CoComelon Facebook

“Children are naturally drawn to the colors of the color wheel— red, blue green— which are seen throughout the CoComelon videos,” points out bilingual speech-language pathologist Jocelyn M. Wood.

“The bright colors in CoComelon are so distinct that it will really help a child to identify individual colors, which will lead to color naming.” (Read: 6 Ways to Practice Corporal Works of Mercy With Your Kids)

#3: CoComelon Improves Speech, Listening

Photo from CoComelon Facebook

“Some of my favorite comments are from parents of children with speech and auditory issues, who have shared how much the videos have helped with their development,” says Kristen Princiotta, the voice of mom on CoComelon.

“Parents of children with health issues also have shared how the videos help make their little ones more comfortable during their doctors’ visits and hospitalizations. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cried reading stories from these amazing families.” (Read: 7 Morning Prayers for You and Your Kids)

Remember, no matter how educational or entertaining shows like CoComelon are, the best way for your little ones to learn is still through your personal guidance and attention. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents use media with children between the ages of 18 to 24 months. Limit screen time to 1 hour or less per day for children ages 2 to 5.

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