Babies and TV: 5 tips for parents.
Nowadays, TV is the same usual and necessary object of our every day life, similar to a fridge, oven, or microwave. The collective watching of TV programs, shows, films and cartoons occurs in many families. However, babies and TV how compatible are these concepts? Let’s try to sort it out, as this controversy has both its supporters and opponents, people who are categorically against watching TV by children.
Babies and TV: opinion of pediatricians
The studies in the field of pediatrics have shown that the watching of TV by children longer than 10 minutes may harm the full-fledged development of their eye-sight. The problem is that the TV captivates a child completely. A little one sits or stands in front of a TV and practically stares at the screen without a blink. This affects the child’s eye muscles, which help the eyes focus, very intensely for a long time, and afterwards, the eyes can’t relax properly. This may cause undesirable eye-sight disorders such asshortsightedness or long sight. This is an huge danger that TVpresents to children, especially those who already have preconditions toward eyesight disorders.
Another consequence that prolonged TV viewing may cause in a child, is the syndrome of eye dryness. A lack of blinking causes poor eye moisturizing and malfunctions of the lachrimal film. The condition of eye dryness has always been considered a disease in elderly people. However, now young people, and especially children, suffer from it. Symptoms include the reddening of the eyes and “sand in the eyes”, “gripes in the eyes” which accompany both adults and children who abuse the watching of aTV or a computer monitor.
Babies and TV: the opinion of child psychologists
How can TV influence a child’s development? Watching even the most harmless cartoons or shows may cause fear or wrong ideas about certain things. That’s why child psychologists recommend thoroughly reviewing every video or program you are going to show to your child. Be especially particular about the choice of television channels for your child. The commercials broadcasted broadly on TV may contribute to the wrong ideas about health, healthy eating, and communication with other people in a child. Commercials may also cause the development of a premature sexuality in a child.
Any children’s video product is meant for a certain age. Something that is suitable for viewing by 10 year old children may become a source of fears and nightmares for a child that is 2-3 years old. That’s why psychologists recommend parents, who have small children, watch a new cartoon DVD themselves before they let their children watch. Remember that little children perceive everything literally, and this is why parents should try to comment on the characters’ ambiguous actions to form normal and correct perceptions of information in your child.
Babies and TV: watching of developmental video and cartoons
Nowadays, there is are plenty of video materials, cartoons and programs, useful for a child’s development. They help our children develop, however, an excess of information may overwork a child’s nervous system. The consequences of overworking the nervous system include a child’s irritability, frequent hysterics, and troublesleeping.
Babies and TV: 5 tips for parents
Tip 1. Divide watching TV with a child into short segments, not longer than 10 minutes.
Tip 2. Watch the quality of the product.
Tip 3. Be close to your child when he/she is watching TV.
Tip 4. Comment on what the child sees.
Tip 5. Don’t let the child view scenes of violence, horror films, erotica, commercials, and films that may cause them to form the wrong idea about smoking, alcohol consumption, drug addiction, thefts, murders, etc. If the child has already seen this, explain that it’s not right to do this.
In conclusion, it should be emphasized that the watching of TV does not substitute for the attention of parents. Spend as much time as possible with your child. Simply turn off the TV, go for a walk, play with your child, or tell him/her something interesting. Communicate with your child, and be interesting for him/her. Remember that babies and TV can have both negative consequences and positive ones. Dear parents, everything is within your power.
Also, learn about the influence of the Internet on your children.
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