How TV Affects your Child

12 Jan

English: A child watching TV.

I’ve been reading articles about how TV can have negative effect on children. According to the U.S. Health and Human Services news release, a study done by a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has shown that too much television before the age of six could lead to possible behavioral problems later in life. According to them most kids like to watch TV and movies or play video games and use the computer. They often find it relaxing or entertaining. But too much time spent in those activities affects kids health and athletic ability. Kids who view violent acts are more likely to show aggressive behavior. If children who spend more than 4 hours per day watching TV, in the first years of life, the more likely to be overweight and less muscular according to a study by the University of Montreal. It will also affect how physically active he will be as an adult. TV watching can leed to obesity not only because it reduces children’s physical activity but also because it subjects them to ads wich are promoting foods with high fat and sugar content.

TV steals time from activities that actually develop the brain, like language, creativity, motor, and social skills. A child learns more efficiently from real interaction – with people and things, rather than things she sees on a video screen. School kids who watch too much TV also tend to work less on their homework.  When doing homework with TV on in the background, kids tend to retain less skill and information.

Adults must ensure that their children are watching appropriate programs. Parents needs to monitor the content of TV programs and set viewing limits to ensure that your kids don’t spend too much time parked in front of the TV. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old should not watch any TV and those older than 2 should not watch more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programs. TV isn’t all bad. Kids can get help learning on public television, f.ex. about wildlife on nature shows. No doubt about it — TV can be an excellent educator and entertainer – if you choose the quality programs.

Parents needs to realise that the mind of their kids is like clay. It forms early impressions on what it sees, and these early impressions determine how they see the world.

The conclusion is that as kids get older, too much screen time can interfere with activities such as being physically active, reading, doing homework, playing with friends, and spending time with family. Quality, educational programs can be informative for your kids but parents needs to monitor the programs and set time limits.


5 Responses to “How TV Affects your Child”

  1. signefreed January 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    We are trying to “unplug,” but it can be a hard task when the temperature dips. I am always looking of fun suggestions to do on snow/rainy days.

    • momsopinions January 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

      So true, but just remember that all TV programs isn’t bad. The most important thing is to monitor what the kids are watching to see if it’s appropriate for them.

  2. expatsincebirth January 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

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  3. Holistic Wayfarer July 4, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    I absolutely agree. So as not to take up too much of your time, I share just one segment of the 5-part series, the impact of technology on learning:

    I think you’ll see your own convictions in here.

    The series is due out this winter in a homeschool magazine, my second article (the first is now out. =) )

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