The average American child spends 26 hours a week in front of the television, watching TV and the kids are starting earlier in life than in the past. Television is often used as a "babysitter" or permissible for children to television in your bedroom, so parents loose control over what and how much television watching, and do not spend enough time for family time with the kids.
common sense says that too much TV time is not healthy, and research supports instinct. There is evidence that watching TV is associated with increased snacking on junk food, thus promoting increased caloric intake. Sitting watching TV, coupled with increased caloric intake promotes obesity, such as low self-esteem, overweight and other health problems. In some immediate problems, some appear in adulthood. Studies show that TV violence promotes real aggression in children, and may even lead to the development of ADHD and increases in risk-taking behavior in teens.
What can parents do to prevent the adverse effects on TV? It's simple. Turn off the TV and encourage the game! The first two years of the child's life represent a critical window of neurological development. Children should not be allowed to watch TV at all during this time. Instead, you have to play age appropriate games that will help them develop manual dexterity and imagination.
After two years of age, children watch no more than 1-2 hours of TV (which includes computer time, too!). The American Academy of Pediatrics states that consistently watch TV more than 1-2 hours of sleep can cause behavioral and attention problems, so experts recommend putting a limit on the children's TV viewing times.
The studies show that decreasing sedentary behaviors easier than it is to increase your physical activity. After the parents to have a limit on the TV / computer, the kids will be active. However, parents need to be a little more active, to increase physical activity associated with the physical activity of the children's schedule of playing time.
The child never televisions her bedroom, as it helps to watch too much TV and separates the child from the family. In addition, if a child television in his room, the parents lose control of what and how much TV their child watches. Television should be used as an educational tool for older children. Parents should check out the programs want their children to watch, to watch them together as a family, and use them as a starting point for discussions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following to help your child develop positive viewing habits
first is an established limits. Limit the use by children in TV, film and video and computer games to no more than 1 or 2 hours a day. Do not let your kids watch TV while doing homework. Do not put a TV in the nursery.
2. Plan what to watch. Instead of flipping through channels using the program guide and the TV ratings will help you and your kids can choose which shows to watch. Turn on the TV to watch the program and turn it off when it's over. Or use the DVR such as TiVo to record shows only child allowed to watch. Is it possible to skip the commercials!
3. watch TV for kids. Whenever possible, watch TV with your children and talk about what they see. If your children are very young, you may not be able to tell the difference between a show, a commercial, a cartoon, or in real life. Be especially careful of "reality-based" programs. Most of these series are not suitable for children.
4. Find the right message. Some TV programs show people as stereotypes. If you see this, you talk to the children about the real role of women, the elderly, and other species.
5. Help resist commercials. When children ask for things they see on TV, it explains that the goal of advertising is that people want things that do not need.
6. Look for quality children's videos and DVDs. Many high-quality videos and DVDs for children. Check reviews before buying or renting movies and programs.
7. Give other options. Watching TV can become a habit in children. Help them find other things to do, such as playing, reading, learning a hobby, sport, a tool, or art, or spending time with family, friends or neighbors.
8. Good example. As an example, limiting your own TV viewing and choosing programs carefully will help your children do the same.
9. Express your views. If you like or do not like what you see on TV to understand. Stations, networks and sponsors pay attention to letters from the public. If you think a commercial is misleading or inappropriate for children, write down the name of the product, channel, and the time that he saw the commercial and describe your concerns.
Source by Monika B. Pis, Ph.D.