once i watched oprah show entitled back to basics (if i’m not mistaken). the aim of the show is to completely turn off the television for 1 whole week. boring huh? guess what? i’m implementing it now. starting early this month, no television viewing on weekdays. (that is before my angles bedtime though).

it was tough at first. especially for my son… because he does not have any homework to complete. he even reminded me to watch the 8pm news. 😀

surprisingly, we interact more than before… especially myself. and my daughter are more focused on her homework… and we have lots of fun activities together.

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How Television Viewing Affects Children

Children aren’t engaging in the activities they need to help them develop their bodies and brains when they watch television. The Parents as Teachers National Center says that young children need to “explore, move, manipulate, smell, touch and repeat as they learn. Studies have found that watching television does not increase attention, promote social skills, or foster creative play.”

The Research Center for Families and Children indicates that moderate television watching with discretion in program viewing can be somewhat beneficial for school age children. Van Evra is in agreement. Both indicate that those children who watched a moderate amount of TV performed better academically than those children who excessively watched television or those children who did not watch television at all.

Karen Jaffe, from the Family Education Network, has suggested that some contemporary shows such as “Blue’s Clues,” “Bear in the Big Blue House,” and “Big Bag” can be educational and promote prosocial behavior. The Research Center for Families and Children states that television, if properly used in moderation, can stimulate a child’s education and creativity. 

Parents still need to take an active interest in what their children are watching on television. Here are some suggestions from the Department of Education.

  • Set Limits. Know how much TV your child is watching. Set some basic rules such as no television before homework or chores are done or during meals.
  • Participate. Watch TV with your child and discuss the program. Ask them questions and express your views. This will also let you know what your children are watching.
  • Monitor. Avoid shows, movies, or video games that have violent or sexual content. Encourage children to watch programs about characters who show cooperation and caring.
  • Analyze Commercials. Help children to critically evaluate advertisements. 
  • Be a Good Role Model. This suggestion comes from the Parents as Teachers National Center. Because children model behavior, set a good example with your own television viewing habits. Avoid watching programs containing adult content when your child is in the room or nearby. 

thanks to Family Issues Facts website

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