Cut Kids Screen Time!

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Cut Kids Screen Time

“Television is a passive intellectual activity, television is a passive physical activity, and when it occurs early on, during the time that brain expansion is going on, during the time when lifestyle habits and preferences are taking place they're kind of crystallizing it can have extremely negative long term effects", said Pagani a researcher at University in Canada. These days even if, TV time is reduced for kids, they will still have the Internet, DVDs, and parent’s smart phone. However, our goal, as a parent is to reduce screen time for kids. According to the resent statistics, children watch at TV 4.1 hours a day, including 3.6 hours at home and the rest in childcare. Parents should limit how much TV and Internet their kids use due to analysis has revealed negative effects on young kids including language lags, obesity and aggressive behaviors.

The first two years of life are especially important in the growth and development of any child’s brain. During this time, children need good, positive interaction with other children and adults to develop good language and social skills. Learning to talk and play with others is far more important than watching television. Parents should stop using television as a babysitter. If parents need free time for themselves to read magazine or when moms need a free hand to get a laundry from a dryer is much better to record a story read by them, and then play those recordings for their children, instead of seating them in from of a screen. Susan Linn, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., says "There's no evidence that the videos are educational for babies like Baby Einstein Products, and a review of the research on babies and videos concludes that while older babies can imitate simple actions from a video they've seen several times, they learn much more rapidly from real life."Screens are completely unnecessary to the development of young children's brains, and could actually be harmful. Young children learn best by discovering their environment, by picking objects they find interesting or by playing with other children. Putting young child in front of a television screen arrive from a poor judgment and also is very often caused by lack of time. A 2004 study by the Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., found that “Children under the age of two who watch an hour of television each day increase their chances of developing attention deficit disorder (ADD) by 10%. For every additional hour of television watched per day, the risk increases another 10%, the study says; therefore, a child under two who watches three hours of television per day has a 30% greater risk of developing ADD than a child who watches no television before the age of two.”

Researchers also found evidence suggesting that food advertising causes childhood obesity. It is estimated that the typical child sees about 40,000 ads a year on TV. Most children under age 6 cannot distinguish between transmitted entertainment and advertising and children under age 8 do not understand the persuasive meaning of advertising. Advertising directed at children this young is very manipulative. Children are capable to recall content of the ads to which they have been exposed. Product preference are shown in repetitive way to strengthen impact on young minds as well as to affect children's product requests that directly influence parents' purchasing decisions. Other researchers found that, “if children watch television only 2 hours per day and if this viewing takes place during the most popular broadcast periods for children, they are exposed to between 56 and 126 food advertisements per week”. Watching television at a young age trains children to view television as a constant source of comfort and happiness, and also encourages consumption appetite. Commercial Free Childhood says “that many children's programs essentially train children to become lifelong consumers”. Through television, young children are being taught loyalty to favorite brands and impulse buying. Growing up children build up a belief that consumption is the solution to all ills.

Amount of violence that causes aggressiveness on network television is greatly exaggerated. Children can and readily do imitate what they see on the TV. If we ask any parent whose child has follow their ABC's by watching PBS Kids. They will all tell us that their child look at Yellow Bird, Ernie and the other characters reciting the alphabet over and over every day. After constant viewing child began reciting their rhyme from memory. This behave alone reinforces the idea, that through imitation and repeated exposure children can be trained. Learning violence is no exception. It can be imitated and learned in the same manner as how the example of alphabet was dedicated to memory. The only difference is when children watch negative behavior, it is that negativity that they learn and mimic. It is not something as harmless as the ABC's. Authorities on child behavior agree that what a child watches does indeed affect their behavior. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescence Psychiatry. "Extensive viewing of television violence by children causes greater aggressiveness.” Furthermore numerous studies seem to indicate that children who watch several hours of violent television shows each day are more prone to act aggressively toward their peers, both in the childhood and later in life. It is common knowledge that many children watch several hours of violent programs and play games each day. “By the time the average American child turns 18, they will have witnessed approximately 100,000 acts of televised violence”, says Gloria Tristana.


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Jolanta Letowska (Author), 2011, Cut Kids Screen Time!, Munich, GRIN Verlag,


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