The Effects of Watching TV Has on Babies – Let’s Be Careful They Don’t Watch Too Much!

2016.06.30

Children are attracted to things that move and make noise!
When you leave the TV on, they become engaged in what is happening on the screen and will watch it continuously.

Many families leave the TV on constantly while at home.
If you are one of these families, please wait a minute!

Research shows that watching too much TV can have a negative effect on babies.

Watching Too Much TV Will Affect Your Child’s Language Development and Emotional Health

Did you know that The Japan Pediatric Association wrecommends that children under 2 years old don’t watch TV or videos?
This is because watching TV, videos and other electronic media for an extended period of time can have a negative effect on a child’s emotional development.

One effect that is often disputed is that watching TV for an extended period of time can effect a child’s language development.
Normally, language development is acquired through communication with friends and family.
However, when the TV is on a lot in the household, there is often less parent-child communication.
This lack of people to people communication can inhibit a child’s emotional and language development.

Research also shows that, when babies who watch more than 1 hour a TV on a regular basis turn 7 years old, they have a 10% higher chance of being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Does what they are watching play a role?

Does what your child is watching on the TV affect their development?
To tell you the truth, children under 2 years old cannot grasp the content on the TV.
Therefore, whether they are watching an educational program or DVD or an adult program does not make a difference.

It is not that the content is bad for them but that the act of “watching too much TV” prevents them from spending quality time with their parent or playing on their own.

How to Effectively Decrease the Amount of Time Children Spend in Front of the TV

To begin with, please try to stop leaving the TV on constantly when at home.
Leaving the TV on will encourage your child to watch it.
Although it often looks harmless to adults, for babies it is more important for them to have real sensory experiences.

Instead of using the TV, try reading to your little one or talking to them while looking in their eye.
The communication that takes place (both verbal and physical) when a parent or caregiver is spending time with their baby is very important for the development.

It is important that parents also limit their TV watching to help prevent their babies from watching.
Let’s try to get in the habit of turning off the TV when breastfeeding and eating.

Of course, TV is not totally bad. If we make sure to control the amount of TV watched and what is watched depending on the child’s age, it is not necessary to stop watching it all together.

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