Are you one of those mothers who try to do the best for their children?
Yes, I am!
I guess you heard that exposing your child who is less than 3 years to TV is bad. But most probably you didn’t take it seriously because it was much easier for you to keep them in front of TV to save some sanity or maybe you thought it was quality time! Or simply because you as a child watched television and there is nothing wrong with you now!
The thing is when we were kids there weren’t that much of choices of children’s TV channels that are available now 24/7, we were not exposed to all YouTube videos, DVDs and all the iPads, and phones! Also, the type of what is shown now is different from what was shown back then.
Human’s brain keeps growing until the age of 20 and what is interesting that before the age of 3 it grows in an extraordinary way. So these three years are the foundation of a baby’s life which we as parents need to be careful about.
Researches are there to prove that watching TV and being overstimulated by games on a screen by babies and toddlers who are less than three years are more likely to have attention problems, being less smart and have negative effects on language development,short-term memory, and reading skills when they grow up compared to those who didn’t. Yes, when they grow up! Not now.
The fact that your baby likes to watch TV doesn’t mean that it is good for her. Babies like to watch TV because there are lots of colors, voices and motion which keep them alerted as they are watching. It is like giving them lots of candy, they will like it! Unfortunately, it is useless and harmful as it will raise their sugar levels! It’s the same with watching TV.
The problem with all these scenes, that they are very rapid and very fast-paced and might not be in an understandable sequence which may cause confusion in real life!
Actually, there is no proven benefit from watching TV at that age. Babies at that age learn by interacting with others and use their senses to explore everything around them. So the fact that she is watching TV means she is stealing the time from doing other activities which are useful to grow emotional, physical and social skills that she will need later on. And also, kids who watch TV will have difficulty transitioning from visual learners to listening learners.
If we compared what is a baby watching on TV to what exists in reality,will be find some missing details, which will cause confusion. Like some sounds, interactions or even emotions.
Because babies learn by interacting with what is around them, it was proven that exposing your child to interactive baby screen games has been found useful and beneficial for their development. But keep in mind that should not be more than 60 minutes daily.
In references section, you will find a very interesting talk for Dr. Christakis, who is the Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior & Development in Seattle, about overstimulating your babies brain with television. I urge you to watch it and learn more from the examples he is using.
All these researches and studies are there for a reason. If you are not convinced and still think that watching TV didn’t have any effect on you, think again and think about missing the ability of being smarter and more focused than you are now! Your child might not be one of those children affected by watching TV, but why take the risk! Change is always hard. Specially when you are accustomed to certain things. Let’s make this change for a better future for our kids, who might thank us later on!