It’s an older article; TV Background Noise Disrupts Child Play, but it’s still a great reminder. Even if you’re child isn’t watching TV, the noise it plays can be a huge distraction during important play time. Instead of a child focusing on what he is doing, how he is doing it and creating and thinking of new things, he is distracted by the loud and fast talk of a television. The morning news or Sesame Street, words are words… or jumbled words on television.
We try to really limit TV in our house and most of our show watching happens at night after Lucas is in bed. But I won’t pretend like I never turn Ellen on or watch the news. Because I do. Sometimes I will watch bits of something while Lucas is eating in his high chair faced away from the TV. But he can still hear the noise. A child doesn’t have to be literally sitting in front of the TV watching it to be effected by it.
The other day my husband was watching the olympics and Lucas was just staring at it. I really hate to see him watching the screen. I asked my husband to turn it off and he (joking, I think) said It’s just the olympics! It’s like me saying (which I have) It’s football! or.. It’s just Gilmore Girls! It doesn’t matter what the show is. To a child, TV is TV. We need to have it off when our kids are in the room.
An excellent reminder, I think. Here’s an expert from the article on NY Times:
This is so me. I don’t let my child watch movies, or put him in front of the television during a cartoon or turn on Elmo for him, but something I’m watching might be playing in the background. I do notice that if the TV is one while he’s in the room, he will turn to look at it no matter what show is on. He doesn’t care if it’s Batman or Looney tunes, it’s just a bunch of flashing colors to him that catches his attention.
What a great reminder, that noise can be just as important as the actual television screen. A whole new way to look at things.
Do you ever have the television on while your kids are playing? What are the rules of TV watching in your household? For your kids and you! I’m guilty of watching way too many pathetic evening shows.