Ask a child nowadays “What are your hobbies?” and their list of answers would typically include “Watching TV”
Because watching television has become the norm in many families, “The kids of this generation are typically raised by the TV” as an American Psychologist rightly put it.
While TV viewing has it’s advantages, the disadvantages far outweigh the benefits. According to a research commissioned by UNICEF and Agency for Electronic Media in 2014, 56% of children spend an average of 3 hours a day watching Television which means in a life span of 65 years, nine of those years have been spent in a passive activity. Nine precious years! More cause for concern is that 50% of the time, they watch TV unsupervised.
Watching TV Unsupervised: Is this a good practice?
The simple answer to this question is no, it is not. This practice could be detrimental in the following ways;
- A human being is born with all the brain cells he/she will have for a lifetime. At birth, these brain cells are not yet fully developed, development of the cells occurs through love and care by a parent or care giver, interaction with others and stimulation from the outside world. TV viewing, according to psychologists is harmful for this process as it does not allow the brain cells to become fully developed. It is for this very reason, American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), itself issued a warning that children under the age of two should not be allowed to watch any TV.
- Dr Hamdan, An American Psychologist says Reading, Interacting and Experiencing are very important for a child’s learning, and TV viewing, which is just a passive activity tampers with this very crucial process. AAP also supports this study.
The aforementioned concerns are just a very few of the many cons of TV viewing. Even though TV and other electronic media do aid learning, screen time should be extremely limited in those tender years bearing in mind all the cons that come with it.
You may want to ask,
If all the listed points are true, how come nowaday’s kids are smarter?
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