Young children watching and living in TV
20 Aug 08
Children shouldnt watch no more than two hours a day, the researchers at the Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Centre in Seattle said. Each hour in front of the TV increased a child's chances of attention deficit disorder by 10 their research in the Pediatrics journal showed. TV can cause the developing mind to experience unnatural levels of stimulation . This was made worse by the rapid image change that television makers used to keep young children interested Kids who view violent events, such as a kidnapping or murder, are also more likely to believe that the world is scary and that something bad will happen to them. Teaching Kids Good TV Habits Here are some practical ways to make TV-viewing more productive in your home: * Limit the number of TV-watching hours: o Stock the room in which you have your TV with plenty of other non-screen entertainment books, kids' magazines, toys, puzzles, board games, etc. to encourage kids to do something other than watch the tube. o Keep TVs out of your child's bedroom. o Turn the TV off during meals. o Don't allow kids to watch TV while doing homework. * Set a good example by limiting your own TV viewing. * Check the TV listings and program reviews ahead of time for programs your family can watch together * Preview programs before your child watches them. * Come up with a family TV schedule that you all agree upon each week. * Offer fun alternatives to TV. If your kids want to watch TV, but you want them to turn it off, suggest playing a board game, starting a game of hide and seek,playing outside, etc. The possibilities for fun without the tube are endless — so turn it off and enjoy quality time with your kids.
20 Aug 08
Thanks for the good information. It's sound easy in theory, but we will have to work hard to make it happen. I have a three years old son who is very active kid. The only time he keep quit is when he watching his favorite series like tom and jerry, mickey mouse, mr bean ect... We will face a hard day if he don't watching TV. But now he have a new hobby, disturbing me when I'm on-line...
21 Aug 08
My kids also love watching TV. good thing that we have no TV in the living room, where we stayed most of the day. We have one in our bedroom and we usually open it for prime time shows. I always told them that TV stuffs are TV stuffs and that they are not real. But it was annoying when they see commercials. Like when Pizza hut had a commercial regarding dips, they bugged me until we ate that stuff in Pizza hut. Or like when they saw the KFC commercial and they say they have not yet eaten there, they really put test to my patience. Or sometimes when they see toys in the TV, they asked me to buy those. So I told them that from now on, what they ee in commercial is also not true. LOL
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20 Aug 08
Parents have to begin taking an active role in redirecting their children to more productive activities. Do not place televisions in your children's bedrooms and allow them only a certain amount of time per day to watch a set placed where you can monitor what they watch. Discuss with them which programs they will and will not be allowed to watch. Another alternative, although many parents won't give up their cable or satellite TV, is to do without these. Involve the children in clubs and organizations - church groups, 4-H, girl/boy scouts or in sporting activities. Buy them a musical instrument and pay for lessons for them to learn how to play. It is always easier to just set your child in front of the television to keep them from being underfoot, but that's the easy way out. Schedule time to read, do crafts, or just romp in the yard.