Tv and learning!

Canada
January 29, 2009 2:36pm CST
I was told that to much tv can alter a childs ability to learn! I have a three years old she didnt watch much tv as an infant or even a toddler. I have a friend that has a daughter 3 weeks older then my daughter and she was always glued to the tv as an infant and toddler and even now. Ok so whats my point? Well bre my friends daughter started talking at 8 months full sentences by 12 months noelle mine started talking at age 2 years full sentences by 3 years bre walked at 18 months noelle at 12 months bre counting at well not yet noelle counting a month ago. what do you think about kids and tv do you think that tv really hinders kids developement.
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10 responses
@mansha (6301)
• India
30 Jan 09
Well Tv is a strong medium of learning too but too much of anything in extreme has its side effects and do not worry, I have seen many bright kids laking creativity once they come of age as they lack the ability to think for themselves being glued to the tv all the time. Let your kid watch too but sensible creative programs like tricky tv and backyard science and see how well she picks up. Tv as such is a powerful visual and audio stimulant for kids but it should b used properly with kids to teach them.
• Canada
1 Feb 09
I do let her watch programs that are very educational like watching baby einstein. and I even have Phonics for kids! It teaches learning with puppets it is almost a modern day version of lamb chops!
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@coffeebreak (17811)
• United States
2 Feb 09
Both of my grand daughters loved Blue's Clues. IT is a thinking show.. they find clues for a certain thing, but go through "adventures" to find the clues and do other things along the way. Teaches them to think about things and figure them out. I highly recommend the show - it is in reruns now, and I record them on VHS so I will have some whenever they are here and they need to settle down a bit!
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@mansha (6301)
• India
3 Feb 09
Weel we don't get them here in my country but point is the its not tvwatching its what , when and how much of tv watching is being done.
@coffeebreak (17811)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I don't think the talking in full sentences is an issue resulting for watching tv - they are only listening. But in my opinion, the talking is learned from being talked to and TALKING BACK. My kids, my grand kids... me and their parents.. we talked to them all time. Hardly had the TV on when they were toddlers other than when we needed a break - they'd sit and watch BLue's Clue's and we'd take a break. but other than that, we included the child in everything we did. Baking cookies - my grand daughter had the receip memorized for sugar cookies and even was able to do everything but the baking part at age 2. I could go on with things like this - a age 3 she could make her own macy-cheese and harvested her own mint tea for warm tea in the mornings... the list goes on. The point - we included htem in everything we did. Told them everything were wer doing. Asked them questions so they could think and give an answer. We had them help with laundry and that was a favorite of theirs, they specificlaly asked me to wait to fold towels so they could help, and we had so much fun. THe main thing is to talk to your child. Let your child talk back to you. Have conversations. my little 2 year old GD tells me now, "well, actually, it isn't like that.." she uses that word "actually" all athe time!! To cute!!! My other one, now 9 said at age 4 a ramble (I have it recorded on tape and in her scrapbook) how her brain works - it faxes things and writes them on the pages in her brain ...etc. Cutest thing ever! The 2year old just chatters like a teen aget and people are always amazed that she can carry on a conversation with them. Buy 9 yearold was this same way. I have had more intelligent conversations with these two little ones, than I have had with many adults in my life!!!! Talk to them, teach them to talk to you. Vocabulary will be learned if it is taught. Plus, trust me, you are missing out on so much fun and amazement and joy if you let the TV do your talking for you.
• Canada
1 Feb 09
I am the one that doesnt let my children watch alot of tv. I involve my kids in everything. My daughter loves doing dishes, helping me bake, folds laundry. I talk to her in every day language none of this baby talk. When we went to halifax for my sons heart surgery we talked to her about everything that happened we told her all the names of everywhere we went and read all the signs in the hospital to her. It still didnt help. She was still very slow at speaking.
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@coffeebreak (17811)
• United States
2 Feb 09
But when she starts, look at what she has learned to use! Just cause she isn't saying it, doesn't mean she isn't hearing and remembering. You are doing great to include her in your talking,just don't go over board and talk only adult things, throw in some little kid stuff too. Not baby talk, but just on their level. THey'll pick it all up and chatter a storm soon!
• United States
30 Jan 09
I think it really depends on what they are watching and why. My toddlers watch TV quite a bit. However I watch with them and I have them watch movies over and over to expose them to repetitive words. My children have delays in speech and they seem to show the most interest in speech when watching shows. I also have a movie that has taught them sign language. They learn it much better with the movie than they did from just our instructions. I think TV can teach children but it can also be used to replace a parents attention and that is not good for them in any way. It varies from parent to parent and child to child.
@phoenix25 (1541)
• United States
1 Feb 09
My son was a little slow developing his speech skills and when we started letting him watch more movies and tv programs, we noticed that he was picking a lot more words up and using them. He's now 5 and is almost at the level he should be. I expect him to be completely caught at the end of kindergarten because he will be exposed to other kids, see how they speak, and pick it up.
• Canada
1 Feb 09
Thanx for the comments. I tried to teach my daughter sign language when she was very young but it backfired. Every time we asked her if she wanted something instead of saying yes she always did the sign for it. When we asked her what she wanted she would just point. Never words.
@itsmine (104)
• United States
30 Jan 09
Yes. True. Children are learning to talk from others. TV may be helping babys to learn to talk easily and in the lesser age. If you are looking some families with 2 or children, the first child was started to talk at least 3years of old, but 2nd and 3rd children are started to talk their at least 1.5 years of old. That is the reason some parents are sending their children to pre-KG-LKG schools.
• Canada
1 Feb 09
That is true. I think that if i sent her to prek she would speak much better. But on the other hand she is not good in crowed places even oround alot of children so prek may set her back to a timid child. it is true my son is 18 months old and is talking now.
• United States
30 Jan 09
my 2 year old is always watching TV I make sure she is watching educational shows though PBS is great for this Sprout rocks lol lol I see no harm in kids watching TV as long as they are learning my 2 year old says her ABC and can count almost to 10 without messing up she is very smart so I am told to me she is right where she should be but so many people tell me that she is really smart she watches the History channel as well But that is just what I think!
• Canada
1 Feb 09
Wow that is great my daughter is only now learning to count. She knows her alphabets only if you show her a book and ask her where a certain letter is she points. Your girl is really smart!
@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
30 Jan 09
All children progress at their own speed. I know it's so easy to compare your child to another when you see them daily or weekly and you spend alot of time with them. TV does seem to have a little impact on how they learn developmental skills, but still i feel it's only if your child is ready to learn that and wants too. I sit and think gosh, my two children are complete day and night opposites. My son was my first so I had more time to spend with him watching tv, repeating words and so on, that has a big factor in how much a child learns. My son was talking very early, and now is in the advance placement in school... for my little girl who's 17 months old... she's not talking very well, don't care too either.. she can say small words, and only when she wants too. It's not that she's watching more or less of the tv shows, it's that i don't have the time to sit with her and repeat the words, show her things as I did with my son. I still feel being able to with them and you as a parent teach them the most.
• Canada
1 Feb 09
Now my kids are the complete opposite two. My daughter is my first born she has very limited speach. My son has more vocablary then her he is only 18 months!The biggest word that he sais is apple and elmo! I find that NOw i have the tv on with educational shows only because i need time to do things around the house. When noelle was younger it was easy she napped and didnt need to have the tv.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I too think it depends on what they are watching. I know my daughter watches a lot of Dora, Barney, and Blues Clues and she is smart as a whip. I could see them not learning from things like Tom and Jerry and things like that.
• Canada
1 Feb 09
My daughter loves dora. It is funny because the words that she cant say in english she can say in spanish. Which is not really good cause i dont know any spanish. Now she watches this show ni how kailan which teaches kids a bit of chinese! Uh more different languages! I would never let her watch any bad shows she only sees treehouse.
@laglen (19778)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I feel our kids can learn a lot better from their parents than Barney.
• Canada
1 Feb 09
This is true. But i feel that children do need some tv. If we had to entertain our children all the time then we would never get anything done ourselves.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I think that it could depend on what the kids are watching too. There are some great shows on that help teach kids life lessons like sesame street and shows like that. I think those shows can be good for helping a child learn. But I think the parent working with the child does wonders too. They say that too much tv can cause attention problems in kids. I think that every kid is different and it would hard to say exactly what factored in the learning of each child.
• Canada
1 Feb 09
Thanx for the responce. I heard also that to much can cause add. My friends daughter is also really really big girl because she is watching tv and eating junk all the time. She doesnt walk anywhere just stays home stuck in front of the tv all day long.
@phoenix25 (1541)
• United States
1 Feb 09
Tv can be a valuable learning tool, but it can also be a time waster. It depends on what the kid is watching. My son has greatly benefitted from watching some of the shows on PBS, like Word World, Thomas & Friends, and Sid the Science Kid. He has learned a lot of things that I know I didn't teach him and thought he was too young to understand. However, I don't just leave him parked at the tv either. The milestones you gave had your friend's daughter doing some things earlier and your daughter doing some things earlier. Honestly, as a psychology student, I think there could be a lot of different reasons other than television viewing that are affecting these childrens' development. It's likely that a family that lets the child watch a lot of tv isn't interacting with the child as much as a family that turns off the tv and interacts with him or her. There are also other things that can impact this, though, such as the availability of social interactions with other children in daycare or preschool, the presence of older siblings, or the simple differences between children. Some children naturally develop at different rates than other children, regardless of environmental influences. That is why there are ranges in age for normal milestone developments rather than exact times. Tv could have some impact on what you're describing, but it hardly tells the entire story.