The world is all about television. People are very inactive, cranky, confused, and without will for short walks and sweet stories. They are happy when they buy a smart TV, and make a party in front of it. They sit and talk about all the options, neglecting the real world and all the other beautiful feelings. I’ve even seen people staring into some show and not seeing their unhappy children. At first, a child would cry or try to pull you off the couch. After some time, they will start to feel very alone. But then, after some more time, they will become your smaller version. Because it’s happier by your side. And that’s not the person you want to be in front of your child.
Why shouldn’t young children watch so much television?
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY is one of the most important things for young children. It develops their brain, their body, and it makes them happy (because of a hormone of happiness that is produced during it). But unfortunately, if you want your child to be smart, handsome, and happy, you’ll have to pause the cartoon for a much longer period. Children often sit while they watch television, and they certainly don’t have time for books, cars, and other toys. This can also lead to overeating and slower metabolism, which is so popular among TV addicts.
ADVERTISEMENTS. There is so much bad things your child can see on a TV. People promote junk food, weapon toys, expensive cars designed only for sitting, makeup and more. How do you think this affects your little one?
AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR is in so much cartoons these days (weapons and bad behavior among characters). It’s really hard to choose one that’s completely without it. If you ask me what comes to my mind first when you say the word “cartoons”, well here is the list: yelling, fighting, bad language and sayings like: I hate myself, I hate my nose, I hate when it rains, you are stupid etc. This all makes children confused on which path should they follow. Characters that don’t promote kindness, tolerance, and don’t share toys with each others aren’t a good example (but they are still there). On the other side, parents are very tolerant and most often share their own toys (car keys, phone, books). And on a playground out there, children are either bad or good. This all (good or bad children and bad acting characters to follow) makes your child act aggressive. So try and eliminate that one factor (because you can’t eliminate play time with other children for it is important factor of growing up) and simply be a good role model.
FEAR OF REALITY. Because everything is real for them. Even if your child doesn’t seem scared, scary movies or shows can bring nightmares. Don’t forget that children often have unreal fears. They get scared of water (my brother thought water eats small children), of flowers (that little girl on a TV was scared because that sunflower was so big and I think it could’ve eat her if it had a chance)…
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND SMART KID goes together. Television gives children less time to interact with others and do all the smart things. This is the time when your child is developing love towards reading books, so don’t neglect this.
IMAGINATION. The same here. When a child reads a book, he often imagines lots of things. Television, on the other side, gives clear picture and not room for imagination and creativity.
FAMILY TIME should not always be based on watching television while talking, smiling, eating, cooking, reading, drawing… Because it makes family feel like they are strangers. I would love my child to consider me as a friend (not best friend, but still friend) when he is a teenager. And I also want to teach him how family time should be considered important (cause it is). That’s the reason while I talked to my parents on watching (not watching to be precise) television when we come to visit them with our son. They agreed.
PROBLEM SOLUTIONS. Please don’t forget how important this is! Children should be able to develop the skill of solving their cranky mood on their own. So don’t turn the television on every time your child is having a bad day, because you want to make a healthy grown-up (not a quiet child).
It’s ok to watch it sometimes.
Because everybody is watching it. And television can be educative too. There are TV shows about literature, art, music, words, science, animals and nature, mathematics etc. But I recommend only educative cartoons for young children. We are watching Little Baby Bum.
How much television?
It is quiet enough to watch ONLY 30 minutes per day. This is the time when they develop their skills very quickly, and they should do that most time of the day. Of course, if a child is teething or sick- there can be some broken rules.