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Children and Television

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21 Jul 2016 - General
 

I would like to bring this up hoping to seek advice especially from professionals with psychology and pediatric background.

For ages one and onwards, television can be a form of entertainment and it gives parents some break when the little ones spend some time on televeision, which is really helpful to be able to relax a little, after all the hardwork throughout the day. Also, kids may watch with the family, and the program may include some scenes not suitable for their age such as action/fighting scenes, using guns etc. 

What are your thoughts on toddlers/ pre school children watching television? Would you recommend for them to watch television?

I do not have both backgrounds but it has been long recommended no screen time for children under 2 years old and then no more than two hours a day after that. However this may be outdated having to take into account the interactive screens prevalent in smartphones. TV shows that are short, gentle, have positive messages, and are ad-free (ideally) are best for young kids. They enjoy programs with very simple messages they can relate to (such as getting dressed in the morning). Young kids learn b...
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@Mark: Thank you for your time and for sharing what your pediatric psychologist said. I would just like to ask about the light from the screen. Does this apply to daytime as well? or just on night time when the lights are dimmed and no natural light in?

And as for video games, i don't worry about this as I or we don't normally encourage her playing video games. As previously mentioned by the other users, I guess the 1-2 hours tv time or video games wouldn't be as bad provide...
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Good Day! I am not a specialist of the aforementioned fields; however, I will share what was stated on a consult with our pediatric psychologist for our daughters. He told us that one study showed stimulation of only the brain's occipital lobe for people who were playing video games for multiple hours a day. This means that the other lobes including the area for language and motor development are inactivated while glued to a television set. This could translate to developmental milestone del...
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I guess I or we (husband and I) have to start trying to watch the tv series when the little one is asleep or busy playing or doing something else where her attention is not on the screen. Living in a foreign land and childcare is not an easy thing to manage so we usually bond everytime we get a chance by watching tv together. I just hope we will be successful and be able to avoid watching tv series such as mentioned previously. I remember a friend of mine has to let their son stop watching this ...
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Parents can help by doing the following: don't allow children have long blocks of screen time, but help them select individual programs. Choose shows that meet the developmental needs of your child. Children's video programming on public TV and other educational websites are appropriate, but soap operas, adult sitcoms, and adult talk shows are not. Set certain periods when all household screens will be turned off. Study times are for learning, not for sitting in front of the TV doing hom...
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@Marinelle: Thank you for a detailed reply and I will have a look at the AAP guidelines. I brought this topic up as I suddenly realised that I have/ we have been watching tv series when our toddler is around. I can't help but watch "Ang Probinsyano" from TFC as this is the only Filipino TV series I watch with my husband. As you know, it has a lot of action scenes and I noticed that she focused on the tv when the action starts. I try to cover her eyes or divert her attention when su...
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Hi Kathleen, I am not a pediatrician nor a psychologist. But according to the guidelines of American Academy of Pediatrics, television viewing within the first 2 years of life should be discouraged. For older children, a daily exposure of 1-2 hours of quality programming is recommended. It is also better if children are supervised when watching TV. If this is not possible, then make sure that the TV program is appropriate for age. There have been several studies on the effects of watching TV in ...
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Exposing media to children has two faces. It can be beneficial if being provided in a good way, or be harmful if it goes the other way around. I consider media as one of the dangerous-influential factor one of these days which can greaty influence once perceptions with things. As to children, we can limit the video contents flashed to those who contain educational stuff and just according to their level. I was able to work before with an American Cable company (Comcast) in which they have this k...
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