The Importance Of Television On Children

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In todays, fast paced world people tend to be more rushed with less time to get things done after getting home from a long day of work. There are so many things to get done like laundry, cleaning, paying bills or cooking dinner for the family. With all of these things to get done it is easy to set a small child in front of the television while accomplishing all of these tasks. A lot of parents feel they are helping their child by turning on an educational program designed to teach baby how to count or learn their ABC’s. Recent studies have shown however, that television is not recommended for children under the age of three. It could be the cause of language delays, lack of social skills and shortened attention spans later. (Mistry) Babies …show more content…
In houses with small children most households have a television running most of the time, creating television exposure through background noise contributing nothing to a childs learning time and distracting from a child’s creative play. While a child may learn from children’s programming they learn more by exploring everything around them Being outside or building a tower out of blocks will help a child develop fine motor skills that sitting in front of a television cannot. Watching television from a young age can create unhealthy habits later in life. Instead of sitting a young child in front of the television sing to them or set them in front of a set of blocks or other toy that will help them explore or learn a skill. Limit television only to times that can be turned into social interactions between parent and child. Watching a lot of television at a young age can lead to many unhealthy habits later in a child’s life. Higher exposure to television at the age of two has been linked to poor performance in school, consuming more junk food, and were not as active physically as children who were not in front of a television allot as a toddler (BBC …show more content…
(Gentile, Walsh). There are a lot of changes that happen in a baby’s brain the first three years of life. A baby is born with all the neurons it will ever have, but forming connections happens during these first three years especially in the areas that support memory and though. (huttenlocher). Doing an activity like an age-appropriate puzzle is more effective at this age to support memory than any television program. Children under the age of two do not understand television the way older children do because they have not yet learned to form the connections to understand it. Talking or singing with baby helps them learn to connect the voice to the face. A baby must first learn to connect these images and sounds before he can ever learn from television. (Courage,

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