TV… Television and the media. TV is bad for children.
We all seem to know this. Like eating our daily fruits and vegetables, or cutting our sugar intake. But why? Can’t kids just learn as much from TV as they do from books? The problem here is not what they watch, (be it good or bad) but it’s what the child is missing. Did you know that children who interact with parents rather than a TV show have faster learning abilities? In fact, while interacting with parents, the child encounters words they may not hear in every day speech, thereby improving their vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. Parents who spoke to children had a higher- quality advance in communication. As opposed to TV, they could ask questions, interact, and listen while being explained. Children best learn from real people, people they love, and who are important to them, parent interaction promotes not only language development but also the fact that they are valued and important.
In addition, the more time watching TV, the poorer they perform academically. A study showed, that children who had TV in their bedrooms significantly scored lower on standardized tests, than those who don’t, and, these same kids who watched more than 6 hours a day were most likely to drop out of high school, and not go to college. TV numbs the minds of children, it considerably reduces expressive language skills, and wastes time not being intellectually challenged, thinking analytically, not using the imagination, and not interacting, showing poorer reading skills in school. Shows made specifically for babies to be smarter, like ‘My Baby Einstein’, in fact were proven to delay the educational toddler’s development. Later on, they showed the disability to retain fewer skills and information and shorter attention spans, indeed, kids who watch educational shows, proved to have about 10% higher chances of attention problems at school, and entertainment programs had an effect of 60%, not enough? The...
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