Internet and TV:
How much is too much for young children?
How much TV and gaming, educational or not, is too much for young children? In the USA, 47% of children ages 2 to 18 years old have a television set in their bedrooms. On a typical day, they spend an average of 5.5 hours using media; including television, computer games, and the Internet. (Kaiser Family Foundation Newsletter, 2001) While there are a lot of different television and online educational sites that can be beneficial to a child’s education, parents should often monitor or regulate the amount of TV and Internet young children watch because it inhibits social development, shortens children’s ...view middle of the document...
In a recent article author Kristen Reinberg stated, “Children’s social-emotional developments influence all other areas of development: Cognitive, motor, and language development. They are all greatly affected by how a child feels about their self and how they are able to express ideas and emotions. The greatest influence on a child’s social-development is the quality of the relationships that he develops with his primary caregiver.” (Kristen Reinberg, MS, LMFT) I believe this statement to be so true. Children learn from what they see or even experience at home first. Children need good social skills in order to succeed in this day and age. Children should be learning necessary social skills at home first and school second. I think the main necessary social skills that all children should be taught early on is being polite and acting appropriately in any situation. Along with social development, children need physical activity. Not only will it aide in your child’s social development, it also gets kids outside playing with and learning from others. Learning early on that sometimes others may do things you don’t like but getting upset or angry towards another individual is not acceptable and definitely not polite I believe to be helpful in a child’s emotional development. Physical activity also teaches children how to use their words more often than their actions. Knowingly replacing physical activity with inactivity in a child’s life directly links them to an increased risk of obesity and can lead to so many other chronic diseases. Physical activity helps children stay fit and ultimately creates a happy confident child.
A child’s attention span is basically based on the amount of time a child can concentrate on a single task without allowing themselves to be distracted. A child’s attention span is measured in two ways. The more common one being focused attention. Focused attention is a short-term response to an impulse that attracts the child’s attention. Shows that come on networks like PBS, Nick Jr., Disney, Disney Jr., Sprout, and KCET has a clear understanding of how to encourage children’s positive behavior and attention span which helps them maintain focus and find a real interest in reading, writing, or simply learning period. These networks create shows with a slower pace that tells a story rather than those that feature constant action. A study conducted on children watching long periods of television and playing video games by the American Journal of Pediatrics stated, “Viewing television and playing video games can cause serious attention problems among children. Most television programs involve rapid changes in focus and frequent exposure to television has the potential to harm children’s abilities to sustain focus on tasks that are not inherently attention-grabbing. These attention problems can linger till a child attains adolescents.” (American Journal of Pediatrics, 2011). Frequent television viewing leads to attention problems...