This controversial topic between television and the affect it has on children really interest me. I think I did a research paper on this topic like four different times in college. All with the same research, the same findings, the same conclusions.
Some parent’s don’t allow their children to watch any TV at all while others let them watch hours a day and are thankful they have a ” babysitter.” In both instances, (from what I’ve seen) the kids from either side seem like kind, healthy well adjusted individuals. So does it really matter? Does it really make a difference?
Research says it does.
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no television watching for children under the age of two. Personally, I don’t think that a little television is going to hurt anyone. And by little, I really do mean little. I don’t think TV is by any means good for a child of any age but I don’t think a little is truly harmful in small amounts. I also don’t think a movie here or there is going to negatively affect our children in a huge way as long as what they are watching is appropriate and as long as it’s not used as a babysitter every single day. However, this post isn’t about my views or opinions. It’s about the research and the studies that have been done over and over again.
Studies have shown that television and movies are over stimulating our children’s minds. Research has shown that watching videos such as Baby Einstein actually delay language development and the rate at which they learn new words. Researchers also say that these videos have ” little dialogue, short scenes, and disconnected pictures,”
The majority of brain development happens before the age of two, so while children are watching television they could be missing out on crucial development. Aren’t our children learning and growing more by reading books, playing with toys, and interacting with us- real, life people face to face- then they are by watching a movie or television show?