Children often learn a lot from television, books, songs, and movies about the world. That’s why parents need to be cautious about the TV programs that children watch. Even a harmless-looking television program for children might be filled with high doses of abuse and violence.
And it’s hard to avoid television for children. Many parents also see it as the best way to keep their child occupied. Early in life, kids get addicted to the idiot box. Many parents also introduce children to video-based learning early in life, assuming it makes the child smart. But have you ever wondered how television affects kids? Are you guilty of allowing your child to continue on TV or other streaming videos? Is it true that watching television is good for the child?
A majority of child development experts believe that children are adversely affected by TV / video-driven culture. This could also be a contributing factor to dull kids. Here are a few ways that your child is affected by television addiction.
No activity-based learning
There is nothing good that television can give to children under the age of 2. It hinders the process of development as it takes away the time that could be spent on activity-based learning. Toddlers learn through play and the key to overall development in this age is to indulge in activities. You’re taking away all the time she could spend playing, learning, and growing when you let your child watch television. So make sure she gets some real interaction – with people and things and learn, instead of letting her stay glued to the screen and assuming she’d learn from what she’ll see on a video screen. Instead of seeing Rob make one on M.A.D, the child is more likely to know how a boat works if he makes one.
No skill development
Children need to improve critical language skills, imagination, fine and gross motor skills, and social skills. This can only happen with real-life situations through play, exploration, and conversation. Sadly, tv takes away all of this. Skill development takes place through practice, and there’s no way she’d pick up skills by just listening passively to what the people behind the screen have to say.
Kids exposed to television and used to stay glued to the screen, have trouble paying attention to lessons. This is because their brain is used to quick-moving stimuli, and the lessons will make little sense to her. Compared to children who are not exposed to excessive television, they would have a decreased attention span. Kids who spend more time watching television rather than engaging with the community seem to find it very difficult to move from being visual learners to hearing learners.
Inability to think analytically
Excessive TV time tends to numb the brain of the child and makes it difficult for the child to use it for various challenging activities such as exercising initiative, thinking analytically, using their imagination, being challenged intellectually, etc., all of which are key developmental milestones.
Television exposes kids to various vices in the society, that they might not know otherwise. Many television programs tend to glorify negative habits like smoking, alcohol, drugs, etc. This leaves a long-lasting impact on the child’s brain, which is easy to mold and shape as pleased. So, it is essential to make sure that kids are not exposed to content that might lead them in the wrong direction.
So, sit down and think about all that your child could be doing if she’s not glued to the television. Anything from reading a book, play outdoors, build something creative, explore new things, etc., rather than stay still all day and do nothing. It’s time to turn off the TV and get your child to do something productive.