Nowadays, there are more than one people who treat TV as a “baby sitter” to coax their baby. Their parents will do the same, either let the baby watch TV by himself or hold the baby to watch TV together. But you know what? Research shows that children watching TV long, deep impact on the future!
Long term impact
Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal, Canada, and colleagues from Bowling Green University and the University of Michigan studied the effect of watching TV in early childhood on the future, involving more than 1300 children born in Quebec, Canada, in 1997 or 1998.
Parents were asked to report how much time their children spent watching TV at 29 and 53 months, respectively. When the child is about 10 years old and is in grade 4, the researchers ask the teacher to assess their mathematics and reading level, whether they actively participate in class activities, whether they can cooperate with others, whether they have aggressive behavior, whether they are fooled by classmates, etc.
The results showed that at 29 months old, children watched TV for 8.82 hours a week, or about 1.2 hours a day.
After considering the children’s gender, sleep pattern, personality, the time of watching TV in grade 4 and the education level of the mother, the researchers found that the time of watching TV at the age of 2 affected the academic, social and health status at the age of 10. Specifically, watching more than one hour of TV every week has a 6% lower math ability, a 10% increase in the probability of being fooled by classmates, a 13% decrease in weekend sports time, a 9% increase in soft drink consumption and a 5% increase in body mass index (BMI).
The results were published in the May issue of the archives of pediatric and adolescent medicine, affiliated to the American Medical Association.
“The results support the previous opinion that children’s attention will be reduced if they watch TV too early,” Pagani was quoted as saying by Reuters on March 3
Pagani’s analysis said that early television viewing in children may have a long-term impact, because young children are in the stage of brain development and life habits.
“Watching TV is not only a negative intellectual activity, but also a negative physical activity,” she said. “In the early stage of life, the brain is in the stage of rapid development, and the lifestyle and hobbies are gradually developed. In this period, watching TV has a very negative long-term impact.”
Less is better.
It’s true that children and adults can get some information from TV programs, but parents need to understand the possible social and academic consequences of watching TV.
“Children watch TV when they don’t engage in other intellectual activities,” Pagani said. “You have to learn social skills, you have to know how to use them.”
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics explicitly recommends that children under 2 years old should not watch TV and that children over 2 years old should watch TV for less than 2 hours a day, most parents seem to know little about the guidance, the researchers wrote in the report.
It can be seen that the time for baby to watch TV can not be too long. Only once a day is allowed for baby to watch TV. If baby cries, it can not be soft hearted, otherwise it will be difficult to adhere to it later. If you are interested in children’s home electric shock prevention knowledge, please go to this safety net to find relevant information.