Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Television has long-term negative effects on children!

How many parents are tempted to use the TV as a "babysitter"?

Probably most, if not all, at some point. But more and more studies are showing how bad TV really is for kids, now and in the long-term.

The study below shows how the amount of tv a 2 year old watches WILL and DOES affect him/her now and many years

It is best to keep the TV off when children are young and surround them with books, puzzles, coloring books, paper and crayons, building blocks, and outside playtime! Let their imaginations soar and not rot in front of TV set.

Then when they are older, they will also be more likely to know how to keep themselves busy (than just sitting on the couch with the remote control) because they learned how at young ages.

Also, let's not underestimate what values they are even learning by watching television. With all the commercials and inappropriate programming, perhaps the TV set is best left off. Especially, for younger children because they are more easily influenced.

Myth: A little TV never hurt anybody....

A new study finds that when toddlers view too much television, it could lead to a host of problems later in life.

Research published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine shows a link between the amount of time children watch TV at age two and academic, social, and health problems at age ten. The study involved about 1,300 Canadian children born in Quebec between 1997 and 1998 who were followed-up at various points in their lives.

Child experts found that two-year-olds who watch too much TV -- more than two hours a day -- were more likely to be picked on by classmates at age ten. They were also more prone to consume more soft drinks, have a higher body mass index, and be less physically active on weekends.

Melissa Henson PTCWhile TV can provide helpful information for children and adults, Melissa Henson with the Parents Television Council (PTC) tells OneNewsNow this research provides an important reminder for parents.

"Even programming that is built as educational really has very little educational benefit for the youngster," she comments. "The child is more likely to grow intellectually [and] developmentally at a faster pace if they're not watching television and instead are looking at books...playing outside, or engaging with other kids or even adults."

Henson also reminds parents that watching too much TV is not just a problem among toddlers, so they should not let their guard down as their children grow older.

Source: One News Now