Friday, September 18th, 2009

Teletubby Kids

teletubbiesTelevision has stealthily crept in the lives of our children, most of the times with our consent. Young mothers find television as a good babysitter and leave toddlers secure in the company of cartoon network. The vibrant colours and images woos the child soon and before parents realise Cartoon Network rules the family’s telly-viewing decisions. Often kids cajole, throw tantrums, beg, threaten, hide remote to watch their favourite cartoons.

Children and adolescents who consistently watch television for two hours or more increase their risk of future long-term health problems, a report in The Lancet claims.

Test tube researches conclude that there is a link between excessive television viewing and consequent cardiovascular illness. Researches say that sleep disorders, depression, anxiety and violent behaviour are other repercussions of watching television.

Statistics say that children who watch television for more than two hours a day are more likely to grow into fat, unhealthy adults.
The ballooning weight of children is causing a myriad of problems, from joint and health troubles to an increase in childhood diabetes.

Sujata Bhartiya, a young mother of two says, “ Kids glued to television do not talk. They do not play and their studies suffer too.”

Any mother will vouch for it. Family dinner times are waning fast these days. Kids plopped before telly want to eat while watching their programme. This turns out to be detrimental for the child’s social skills.
Viewing television in excess stunts imagination of children. Television is a received medium, whereas print is a perceived medium. When children read story- books they use their imagination, whereas while viewing television they have nothing left to imagine. They lap up the images that come on the screen.

Watch together – then turn it off

The best way for young children to watch television is in small bites, and with adult involvement. If you talk about a programme with the child after watching it, children are likely to gain more from the experience. And if you turn the television off when the programme has ended, the child goes to play.

Modern media is great – but like a lot of good things in life – we need a healthy balance.

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