We all know that TV has a great attraction to children. Its bright colors, changing pictures, beautiful music constantly stimulate and excite children’s brain. However, in order to prevent children from addicting to computers, children of different ages should be treated differently when watching TV!
Different age, different treatment
Children under 2 years old
See how long: less is better, of course.
Children of this age group need face-to-face communication and personal exploration of this new world, which cannot be met by TV. Try to get them in touch with some TV, but not more than 30 minutes to an hour a day. Children’s experts suggest forming children’s habits according to your wishes.
What to watch: what to watch on TV is not particularly important, because for children of this age, TV programs are novel and ambiguous. But it must be attractive, colorful, peaceful, lively, humorous and so on. When children watch, they often sing, dance, imitate the actions inside, or clap.
Increase the added value of TV: how to increase the value of children watching TV? Stay at your child’s side while they are watching TV so that they can respond to their questions at any time. If you just need a break or fold your clothes, just sit next to your baby.
2-4 year olds
How long to watch: or as little as possible. Because the more children of this age look, the more they want to see.
Watch what your child does in a day, and make sure that you watch the least amount of TV. Don’t spend more than one or two hours (including playing games on the computer), give your suggestions and let the children choose what to watch or how long to watch. When the time is up, remind them of the following things to do.
Some families have rules for watching TV, such as before dinner, which can help parents reduce their children’s desire to watch TV.
What to watch: parents should pay attention to the choice of TV content. Children of this age should watch content with positive meaning, not with negative meaning, especially not violent content. Even TV films that use animal images to imitate people can’t have violent content. Look for the content that is full of kindness, friendship, respect for others, and encourage people to learn and work hard to let children enjoy, teach and enjoy. There should be no biased content, no bad language, no frightening content. Try to avoid children’s exposure to content such as commercial advertisements, because children don’t have enough ability to judge the exaggerated publicity content.
Increase the added value of TV: watch with children, at least occasionally enjoy TV programs with them, which can not only evaluate whether the content is appropriate, but also help to seize some opportunities to educate children, explain to children why the character is so generous and kind, what causes some feelings of someone, etc, Once you encounter something unpleasant, you can terminate it immediately.
Sometimes it’s no big deal to use TV as a “baby sitter”. As long as you can be careful, it won’t do any harm. Sometimes you can avoid shouting at him, which may be better for children.
Children aged 5-8
How long to watch: within 1 to 2 hours a day.
Children of this age want to watch TV and play computer games as long as possible, but as parents, they can’t let them do what they want. They should try to limit their time in front of the TV and computer to within one to two hours every day. Balance the time of watching TV and playing computer games, so that they can understand that if they watch more TV, the time of playing computer games will be reduced, and vice versa.
Electronic entertainment should not be the only choice for children to spend their time. Appropriate books, art projects, splicing toys, various types of building blocks, etc. are all good choices. Introducing her experience, a smart mother said that she tried to avoid using TV and computer as a means of reward or punishment, because experts said that only by emphasizing the importance of TV and computer, it would backfire. So she always tries to interrupt the TV program his 6-year-old son is watching with humor. She exaggerates to her son and says, “if my son watches too much TV, he will become a fool!” Then she would learn to look like a fool, which is often better.
What to watch: the content of the program should avoid violence and commercial advertising. It’s better to choose good people, valuable information about individuals, nature and culture, educational content and inspiration about life, such as independence, overcoming difficulties and sense of responsibility.
Increase the added value of TV: if you watch TV with your child, you will gain more. Even advertising can spread knowledge. You can discuss with your child whether a talking baby must be so funny, or whether a snack must be as delicious as the TV advertisement says? You can also explain to him that advertisements are used to make you want to buy all kinds of things.
“For older children, you can’t always control what they are looking at, so what you need to do now is to help them deal with what they are looking at. It’s best to discuss with your child what they are watching and help them make the right choices, which will make you and your child feel more comfortable and natural. ” So says an American education expert. “As long as it’s not violent, if your child wants to see something you don’t think is very good, let him watch it, there’s no big problem. But it’s better to watch it with him and tell him why you don’t like it. “
If you think the show is too bad, turn it off and show your determination. Sometimes you need to say no to your children. Don’t worry. It’s not the same as autocracy.
Reassure mom, baby
After all, TV is not a criminal thing. A lot of children’s knowledge can come from TV. TV is also a window for children to understand society. If children are completely prohibited from TV, they may lack interaction and communication with society. The right way to do this is to work out family TV watching rules, such as when you can watch TV, when you can’t watch TV, what content you can watch, what content you can’t watch, and so on. With rules, you can reduce the number of children who always ask to watch TV.
*Limit the time children spend watching TV
*Make sure that what they see is appropriate for their age and has positive educational significance, such as how to share with others, how to solve conflicts, how to appreciate different cultures, etc.
*By watching TV with children to increase the value of watching TV, we can discuss with children, link the content of TV with real life, or even just laugh with children.
Watching TV – sensory needs
Do you admit that sitting on the soft and comfortable sofa, eating delicious snacks and watching favorite TV programs is a leisurely and relaxing time and a kind of enjoyment. So why bother watching TV for yourself and your kids? It can meet all your sensory needs, which is undeniable. So, let’s enjoy wonderful TV programs with our children. What you have to do is not to reject TV, not to isolate children from TV completely, but to know how to help children not get too involved in TV, and not let them lose their curiosity.
A reminder from a psychologist
Teach your baby to recognize different TV images
You can teach your child how to recognize different images from a very young age: news, science fiction, advertising By the age of three, children will be able to distinguish different things. Explain to him that TV has an “entrance door,” like in a house. There are different things in this house. There are news reports, cartoons, TV dramas, popular science You can also help children identify advertisements, for example, in a TV studio, by putting a bottle of orange juice of a certain brand next to the host.
Don’t let TV commercials influence children
Because there are always some small stories in advertisements, which are pleasant, funny, and well done, advertisements can always please and attract children. Advertising makes children believe – and adults believe – that buying the products they see will bring them happiness, so sometimes advertising can create a confusion, which can cause anxiety. It’s not because a commercial advertises how good a brand’s orange juice is, the real product is exactly the same. The problem is that children can’t distinguish between what’s advertising and what’s real. This requires parents’ explanation and guidance.
Don’t hold the baby to watch TV
It’s important to comfort him and tell him that it’s normal to be afraid (or happy). Ask him to write down these words: “will this make you angry?” Parents are advised not to hold their children in their arms while watching TV at home. It’s better to put the child in a separate place, so that the child’s eyes can move between the TV and the parents. A child will protect himself from violence, stay away and walk out of the room. He can’t do this if he’s held by his parents or sitting at a dinner table. If adults don’t watch TV with their children, it’s best to keep them where you can hear them, because once they have a need, they can say it.
The company of parents is very important
When parents and children talk, whether it’s about a book or a cartoon, they are sharing, which is good for children’s growth. He unconsciously imitates adults from his heart and feels that adults are on his own. When he is in trouble or watching a TV that makes him uneasy, even if he is alone, as long as adults will talk to him, comfort him and encourage him, he will feel very relieved, even for adults. So, once in a while, it’s OK to let the TV be a babysitter, and you can get out and do something else, but it can’t be every time.
Keep children away from violent, sexual images on TV
Normally, too young children should not stay in front of TV when a movie or a sexual scene is broadcast. But there are worse images (such as war, corpses on the road), which are not suitable for children. Children will feel impulsive and passionate, will be full of blood and the body of fear and bewilderment. If he is a person, he will feel guilty after watching these images – because he knows that adults don’t let him watch them. Even some ads for adults are not suitable for children. Otherwise, when one or two words appear in his mouth from time to time: “XX silk thin sanitary napkin, let you dry all day”, you should stare at it!
What we need to remind parents of here is that children’s infatuation with TV is not a good phenomenon. The harm of TV to children is various. Parents need to strictly control the time! If you want to know more about electric shock prevention for children at home, please continue to pay attention to the recent update of Baibai safety net.