The TV can be compared with concentrated sweets or refined sugar, meaning the child must enjoy their seductive taste and aroma without making excesses. The specialists recommend a certain program to watch the TV, so it is not advisable to spend more than 2 hours in front of it.
However, most children spend up to 3-4 hours daily in front of the TV. Children younger than 2 years should not watch TV at all, say pediatricians and psychologists.
Limiting the time spent in front of the TV is a duty of parents who must take certain measures even from the first day the child is tempted to watch TV.
The education and establishment of a fixed program for this purpose is very important, because once something is done, it will be very difficult to make a new change.
Tips on the relationship between the young child and the television
Limiting as much as possible the time spent in front of the TV is sometimes quite difficult to achieve and must be started at a young age. Thus, the child under 2 years should not look at the TV at all, because at this age the TV can have a negative effect on its normal development.
The brain of the child under the age of 2 years, processes the light images that follow one another quite quickly, tired and shakes it.
After this age the mother can set 10-15 minute breaks in front of the TV, following that starting with the age of the total time spent in front of the TV does not exceed one hour.
The TV should not be placed in the child's room and should not be used during meals! The mother must make a careful selection of the programs the child can watch. It is not recommended that watching TV become a mandatory ritual, which is performed daily, regardless of the type of television program.
Cartoons are children's favorites, but some children will enjoy a special interest and a documentary about animals.
With the completion of the preset time spent in front of the TV, the mother must channel the child's interest in another activity.
Choosing the television programs for the child is the responsibility of the parents and especially of the person who spends most of his time with him. Soothing, fun and last but not least educational programs must be chosen.
An animal documentary is interesting especially if the mother or granddaughter explains its action to him.
At a young age, even some cartoons can be difficult to understand for children, especially those with fast-paced action or those with complex, complicated characters.
All these images can create confusion and even frustration. Programs with violent content, horror films, noisy programs, should be eliminated because they predispose to the development of violent, hyper-kinetic behavior.
Watching TV with parents is recommended by psychologists, as they have better control over television programs. In addition, explaining the action or the people, the singer, bring a major benefit in educating and entertaining the child.
A recent study has attempted to demonstrate the effect of television on the psychosocial development of the child.
Three study groups were used, one that included children with unlimited access in front of the TV, another one with children with moderate access in front of the TV and another that included children watching the TV together with their parents.
The last group obtained a maximum score in terms of optimal development of personality and psychosocial development.
The TV also has an educational component if used properly. If the mother or granddaughter will have the patience to explain to the child the action on its meaning, she will learn new things every time she watches the television.
The recognition of animals by images, by the sounds they make and then by name, is an example of how the television can be used for educational purposes.
If the parents or grandmother cannot properly supervise the child while watching TV, it is better to find another fun activity to take up their free time.
However, in recent years parents are opting for such an activity that is much more comfortable for both the child and them.
Parents need to teach their child to differentiate between good and bad programs, to be critical and to avoid excesses of any kind. This is quite difficult, because the TV was, is and will be a great temptation for children.
Advertising is useless and should be avoided, as well as programs that do not convey to the child things of interest for that age. We recommend the shows or cartoons recording on VCR or DVD, I chose if the parents made a careful selection of them.