How Much TV is Too Much for Your Child?
The impact that television has on a child is completely unmissable. Too much television has an effect on the development of their eyes, their brains and sociability.
In an era where technology is the driving force in our everyday lives, the attention span of our toddlers has become significantly shorter while the social skills of our teenagers is slowly becoming nonexistent.
Dr. David Perlmutter and the Huffington Post reported on the effect of television on the development of infants and toddlers:
… In the United States, the average time television is on in the home each day approaches seven hours. We live in a society where the number of downloads or DVDs rented each day is six million, while only three million books are checked out of libraries. The average U.S. household has 2.24 televisions, with 66 percent of U.S. homes having three or more televisions. The typical American child spends 1680 minutes watching television each week, while more than 70 percent of day care centers also have the television playing during a typical day. The average American youth spends 900 hours in school each year, but watches 1500 hours of television…
1. Children need to be exploring their physical world. They need to be learning the fundamental laws of physics by manipulating objects.
2. Play becoming fantasy play is critically important for brain development…
3. Television limits a child’s motivation to explore and to engage himself in creative activities…
4. Language development also suffers in children watching television…
5. The important development of social skills, understanding the consequences of one’s actions, learning to vary ones behavior in response to particular social experiences, are limited in the child who spends time watching television…
6. Fantasy and creativity are critically important for appropriate brain development. The ability of a child to fantasize, to create alternative scenarios and to explore “other realities” ultimately creates a brain that can think outside the box…
The article also makes valid points about the Direct Impact of too much TV:
“Time spent watching TV displaces other types of creative and imaginative activities;
Television watching discourages reading;
Television watching discourages exercise;
Television advertising increases demand for material possessions;
Exposure to violence on television can increase aggressive behavior in some children.”
Simply put, our children are becoming obese, inanimate, lazy, possessive and violent people with no desire to question or fantasize. That may be an exaggeration, but the idea is not unrealistic.
This also goes for adolescents and adults, except that we have numerous technological advancements contributing to the mute behavior.
It’s important that we take ourselves away from the controlled environment every once in a while, go to the park, go to a beach and go on vacation without a cell phone or laptop.
It’s even more important that we may attention to our kids and their development. Let them go outside to scream, play, laugh and interact with something that’s actually in front of them. Take the television out of the bedroom and have your child read a book – yes, an actual hardcover book because a Kindle does not count.