Nowadays, we often hear many parents complain that their children are infatuated with TV. If they don’t eat or drink, they will be infatuated with TV, which makes parents at a loss. In fact, if children indulge in TV, the key lies in their parents’ attitude!

The China Youth Research Center conducted a survey of primary and secondary school students watching TV. According to the survey of 2500 primary and secondary school students in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Changchun, Chengdu and Lanzhou, children in China watch TV for an average of 55.5 minutes every day. The 1998 survey was 38 minutes.

TV addiction is harmful to body and mind

So, what kind of impact does early contact with TV or watching TV for too long have on children?

Guan Yijie, Ph.D. in child development psychology, School of psychology, Beijing Normal University, told reporters that although children watch TV to a certain extent can broaden their horizons, compared with reading, TV is not conducive to the development of children’s imagination; if the communication time with parents and friends is reduced due to watching TV for a long time, it will affect children’s interpersonal communication and character in the future; violence in TV Force, bloody and other scenes, easy to make children have aggressive tendency. In addition, because children’s eyes are still developing and their eyesight is not perfect, the flickering TV spots will cause abnormal refraction and squint. The electromagnetic wave emitted by TV can also affect the intellectual activities of children’s brain.

According to an article in the American Journal of Pediatrics, Jeffrey, a member of the New York Psychiatric Association and a doctor of Columbia University School of medicine, studied 678 families and found that if teenagers watch TV for a long time every day, they are prone to attention and learning disabilities, and the longer they watch TV, the greater the harm. Teenagers who watch less than an hour of TV a day are twice as likely to go to college as those who watch more than three hours.

Dr. Arik Sigman of the British Psychological Society has also published research that children’s long-term watching TV can lead to hormone secretion disorders, immune function decline, sleep disorders, obesity and other problems.

American children 9 months

Start watching TV

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of 2 should never watch TV, most American parents do not seem to accept this recommendation. Zimmerman, an associate professor of pediatrics at Washington University, and others published their study in the May issue of the archives of pediatric and adolescent medicine. Researchers surveyed more than 1000 American families in 2006 and found that the average time for American children to watch TV for the first time is about 9 months; 90% of children under 2 years old watch TV or video regularly. Van der Waart, an associate professor of human development and family science at the University of Texas, also found through a survey that only 37% of children under 2 years old in the United States do not watch TV; one fifth of children have TV in their bedrooms.

The key is the attitude of parents

It is precisely because of the harm of watching TV that the American Academy of Pediatrics issued the “no TV for children under 2 years old”. However, van der Waart believes that television has become a part of people’s daily life, so it is “unrealistic” for children not to watch TV. So what should be done at present is to arrange the time of watching TV reasonably and choose the useful content of TV.

For van der Waart’s point of view, Guan Yijie pointed out that this is mainly due to the attitude and practice of parents. “Children under 1 year old are more passive in choosing environment, children between 1 and 2 years old are easier to accept guidance, and their resistance to parents’ wishes is not strong.” Therefore, if parents can set an example, it is not difficult to limit the time and content of children watching TV.

But in Zimmerman’s research, parents’ attitude is not so firm. Almost one-third of parents said that they think watching TV “can help children learn something or benefit their brain development”. Zimmerman believes that the reason why parents are so reassured about TV has a lot to do with the propaganda of TV producers. “Producers always say that their programs can develop children’s intelligence, but the propaganda has never been scientifically proven.” In addition, about one in five parents said they let their children watch TV because they need time to do their own things; only one in three parents often watch TV with their children. “This obviously does not promote family relationships.”

The above is the harm of children’s infatuation with TV. After watching the attitude of experts, do you agree with them? For the sake of your children’s health, it’s better to let them watch less TV. If you have any questions about children’s home-based knowledge such as electric shock prevention, please continue to pay attention to Baibai safety net children’s electric shock prevention common sense column.