It is often seen that there are many children who can’t sit down when eating, but they can sit in front of the TV for several hours after watching the cartoon, which is easy and effortless. Mom and dad can’t help wondering: what in the cartoon can make children so willing to forget food and sleep? Guess what: why do children fall in love with TV!

Why do children like watching TV?

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should not watch TV for more than one to two hours a day – children under two are absolutely not allowed to watch TV – the fact is that in the United States, the average time of two to five-year-olds watching TV every week is about 28 hours, and 59% of children under two watch TV every day. Moreover, more than 25% of half to two-year-olds have televisions in their bedrooms. In fact, children watch TV only next to sleep time every day.

Why do children watch TV so long? First of all, many parents rely on television as a convenient, effective, and unpaid babysitter. Television does attract children’s attention, sometimes for an extremely long time. Even very young babies are often fascinated by the light and sound coming from the screen, and are therefore absorbed in “watching” TV. Toddlers and preschoolers are discerning TV viewers who are more likely to watch their own unique TV and video programs. They often read the same TV programs and video programs over and over again, just as they never tire of hearing the same book. Because of the attraction of TV to children, many parents are willing to open their children’s favorite programs or videos, or to help children settle down after a busy day at school, or to relax them before going to bed, or to give them a reward for good behavior. In fact, many parents can’t even imagine how to manage their children if they don’t like watching TV and if TV doesn’t attract their children’s magic power? For parents, TV is especially useful as a babysitter when they need to deal with a variety of jobs, such as laundry, cooking or making phone calls.

Secondly, many parents believe that TV programs and video programs have some educational value, so they believe that children will benefit from them. They excitedly describe to others how children learn letters, numbers, songs and the real world by watching educational programs and videos. Even parents of babies will show their babies videos that they think can stimulate their children’s intellectual development. “Little Einstein” series products were launched in the mid-1990s. The purpose is to let the little baby touch poetry, language, music and art. Parents may feel the pressure to let their children benefit early. This pressure is particularly strong when all the other children are watching the video. Similarly, the TV program “Teletubbies” is designed to attract children under two years old, and has achieved great success.

Parents of pre-school children may be concerned that if they are not exposed to popular TV or video programs, their children may encounter social problems. After all, if other kids are talking about a favorite TV character and their kids can’t talk, will they feel excluded? In addition, children’s programs such as SpongeBob, Teletubbies and naughty soldiers often include advertisements for toy promotions and games. If children are deprived of the opportunity to watch popular TV programs and video programs, parents may feel unfair to their children, in part because they regard this contact with TV as an important way to help their children participate in social activities.

Baibai safety net suggests that we can only reduce the temptation in the environment as much as possible, rather than force children to resist the temptation; we should use “human nature” to care for children, rather than “divine nature” to demand children. 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.