Some parents would feel blissful upon the sight of their child paying attention to TV for the first time, for not all of them have the luxury of having an extended family to watch over their youngsters and count on the boob tube for at least 30 minutes of oasis. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV for kids under the age of 2 and that those older than 2 should only watch for one to two hours. Are you one of those parents who are willing to deflect the rules and set the standard on how much your child should spend watching TV? Here are some guidelines for you to determine if that kind of standard is right for your kid, or if they are having too much.
Learning comes first through imitation
Your child first learned to talk, to clap, and to walk by imitating your action, which is also the case when they watch TV. As a parent, it is your responsibility to identify appropriate TV programs that are suitable for your child such as Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. If you are fond of watching The Walking Dead with your tyke, think again. Avoid TV programs that present crime, sex, violence, romantic scenes, especially obscene language that can definitely register in your child for imitation. Studies say that bad behavior is one of the negative effects of unsupervised television watching. So the next time you want to catch up on your favorite series or shows, make sure your kid is not around or is sleeping. Even if you let them see for like 30 minutes, the content still imprints on their clean slate.
Television causes obesity in children
Even if your child is supervised whenever the boob tube is on, it is important that you spend more time with parent-child interaction. Sure, TV can be the babysitter in order for you to finish the dishes, laundry, and take a quick shower, but don’t leave your youngster to the electronic nanny for too long. Displacement of physical activity and reduced resting metabolism can cause obesity to children. It is best to set your TV on a timer where it will automatically turn off, then ready your kid’s toys or activity stuff to divert the attention.
A sudden change in your kid’s behavior is not good
Some studies established that prolonged TV exposure might hinder the growth of the prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain accountable for organizing and determining behavior for self-control, moral assessment, and attention. Some teachers are reporting that students are having reduced academic abilities, attention problems, as well as speech and language troubles with understanding and speaking and research proved that there is a link between excessive television and the developing problems of students. The moment you notice these kinds of problems with your child, you know the drill – limit their TV time and be strict to your rules.
There are things that TV can provide with regard to learning, like animals that cannot be found in your local zoo. However, keep in mind that everything that your little one see and hear is latent, prepared for the right time to prompt future behavior. Spending time with your kid and making yourself more stimulating or interesting than television can provide a better foundation in their demeanor.