Television. It has a good side but it also has a bad side just like a lot of other things. What are some of the good things about TV?
It is entertaining. It can be educational. It can open up new worlds for kids, giving them a chance to travel, learn about different animals and cultures and see things they might never otherwise see.
TV can also have a positive influence on youth’s behavior and influence them to change their behavior.
However the reverse can also be true. TV can affect kid’s health, behavior and family in negative ways.
What role does TV play in your household?
The average American spends more time watching TV than any other activity except sleeping. Spending time watching TV can take time away from healthy activities like active play outside with friends, eating dinner together as a family or reading. TV time also takes away from participating in sports, music, art or other activities that require practice to become skillful.
TV viewing starts earlier than other forms of media—often beginning before the age two. Watching TV replaces time spent interacting with caregivers and other children. Social interaction is critical to a baby’s healthy development.
What are some ways to reduce TV Watching at Home?
1. Keep the TV off during dinner. Meals should be a great time for talking.
2. Make some days of the week TV-free days.
3. Avoid using the TV as a baby-sitter.
4. Don’t use the TV as a reward or punishment.
5. Move around to your favorite music instead of watching TV.
6. Hide the remote control.
7. Plan ahead for TV viewing.
8. Remove the TV set from your child’s bedroom.
Remember to be patient. New habits are not developed overnight. It's ok if your child complains of being bored. Boredom often leads to creativity.