A Balanced Way of Perceiving TV Viewing Practices
How much TV-time does your child have?
With the modern inventions that technology has offered the modern society, television is by far considered to be among the most successful and influential ones. It could be observed how the first point of its introduction to the society the manner by which media is utilized as a form of tool that reaches out to the minds of the people and further influence the ways by which they think.
In the 21st century, television has garnered another particular recognition especially from busy parents: the baby sitter.
Truth is, children as young as two are sometimes being left by their parents in front of the television. This particular process has become a common trend among busy parents who have had to do several chores at one time. The aspect of multitasking even inside the house has caused many parents to simply embrace the idea that television could entertain their children for a while and at the same point hoping that the said technology could teach their children something worth while. In line with this belief, the sale of educational CD's have risen to at least 34% during the year 2001.
In line with this course of culture, more parents begin to accept the fact that television is simply a part of the new age and could not be disregarded anymore. But is this true? Is this fact one matter that experts agree about?
The fact is, early educational experts often find television viewing as a rather unhealthy practice of modern families.While TV viewing does take so much time of the children, parents begin to neglect the fact that communication with their children is a crucial part of growth because of the supposed belief that television viewing could replace the said practice of practical child rearing.
Not only that, there are several child psychologists who blame impractical television viewing practices as the source of particular mental conditions in children today. The issues of ADHD has been considered to have a strong impact on how youngsters at present are behaving especially in connection with the point of inability to concentrate and focus.
Apparently, early involvement with TV viewing makes a child less considerate about giving attention and focusing because they have already been accustomed to the fast-paced change of visuals in television programs.
While an average child [who is not accustomed to television viewing] is able to concentrate at least 10 minutes in something or towards a talking person, a child who has been accustomed to too much TV usually concentrates within 3 to 5 minutes at most.
So, if we are to leave our children in front of the television set... perhaps to do our chores or any of other works that we are supposed to finish, let us ask ourselves these questions:
- Is it better for me to leave my child in front of the television or should I just better let him play on his own and play along with him later on?
- Could my work not wait....should I not schedule my secular activities better for me to be able to spend more time with my child?
- Am I making enough time to communicate and connect with my child?
No, it is not the desire of this article to persuade parents that television viewing is "bad" or is not at all beneficial. However, for the practice to be practically helpful to rearing a child, it is important for parents to consider the fact that television viewing should be considered in a practical manner; such as that it does not intervene with the most important connection they are expected to have with their children, communication.
True, not television could replace the time and affection that parents have been endowed to provide their children with.