How TV Affects Your Child
Television watching is becoming more prominent in America culture. Children are being plugged into the television at younger and younger ages. Each day after school, thousands of kids sit in front of their T.V. sets at their homes and kill their precious time watching T.V. programs when they should be active or doing homework, etc. Parents will want to get work done and the television is a very convenient “babysitter.” Parents do not have to pay the television to keep their children pre-occupied. However, too much television can be detrimental and I believe television viewing should be used in moderation or as a privilege.
There are many reasons why parents should limit screen time for their children. One important reason is that watching a lot of television can lead to childhood obesity. Part of the problem is that the child is not moving when watching. When children spend their free time lying around watching TV, they ...view middle of the document...
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. TV programs, commercials, music videos, movies, and video games show a lot of sexual behavior. They show teenagers and adults dressing and acting provocatively, talking about sex, and having sex. On TV, sex is shown as being fun and exciting—there's rarely talk of long-term committed relationships, contraception, and preventing sexually-transmitted diseases. When you eventually have 'The Talk' with your children about sexuality, your message could be overshadowed by the years of messages about sex that your children got from TV.
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. If you think about this, it makes sense. A baby isn't going to get a lot out of good out of what's on the screen. However, TV isn’t all that bad. It can offer benefits, but it needs to be used in moderation. Children can learn their ABC’s and grade school children can watch nature shows to learn about animals and wildlife. No doubt about it, TV can be an excellent educator and entertainer if you choose the quality programs.
In conclusion, 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 parent’s needs to monitor the programs and set time limits. Parents must teach their child good TV habits, such as limiting on-screen entertainment time, keep TV’s out of children’s bedrooms, encourage other fun options, and watch TV together and discuss the messages with your child.