Its not BS- it's science. Are you saying hundreds of independent researchers made up their results? Multiple scientific studies on thousands of children from a number of different countries and generations have shown that TV is bad for infants under 2. As parents we can choose to do what we like with that data- and the thousands of other findings that scientific research give us regarding how to best conceive, birth, feed, care for, entertain, educate and medicate our kids. But the findings themselves are not bs.
Wow. Just wow. How about you parent how you want and i/we will parent how we want.
My DD watchea aladdin on a daily basis sure its mostly only 10 minutes at the beginning but if it stops the incessant screaming for 10 minutes out of 4 hours every goddam day then guess what yes i will let her. Oh and btw she is 6 months old and reaching all her milestones early. No shame here ^.^
There are way too many variables to prove tv impacts children in such a negative way. VP makes a very good point - anyone can say anything is better for children. I personally don't like having the TV on 24/7, but i dont think that its going to permanently scar them forever if it is.
Just so we are clear-
my kids watch TV.
the findings are to expand on the reasoning behind current guidelines, I didn't post to judge you.
do what you want with your kids.
@heplusme "bad" in this instance means that TV contributed to language, cognition and behaviour problems. How researchers do it is use lots of different ways. Mostly, they do things like take a bunch of kids (say, 1,000) from all different backgrounds and demographics and they measure them at infancy and some other time point on things like language, cognition, aggression and attention and IQ. These are standard measures that are the same things that experts use to identify language delays and IQ and other indicators of ability. Then they measure how much TV they watched, by asking caregivers to fill out diaries and use their recall. They account for all things that impact language, cognition and behaviour, including income, education, parenting attributed, etc. then they [Insert statistical wizardry] and data results showing how TV uniquely has impacted the infant, after everything else has been accounted for.
If I was asked to participate in a study to show the negative impacts of too much tv, I could lie- either because I don't want people to know how much tv my kids watch, or because I think kids shouldn't watch tv and want a negative link.
Here is an interesting review of all the research
Basically it is saying that kids have developmental delays associated with tv, because kids learn by actually interacting with people rather than watching.
If you are having plenty of interaction with your child, I wouldn't worry too much about a bit of time in front of the tv while you get some things done.
I have also seen the research and do agree that many many studies over many years have shown that TV CAN have negative links, especially with speech and language. However, i do reiterate that SOME tv as a part of a balanced lifestyle is ok. I use rv - not for my kids benefit, but my own - its my break time. Eg, this morning, we had brekkie, did playdough, baked cookies tigether, read stories and played outside. Then the older two had 20mins of tv while thw baby slept & i had a coffee. It was nice down time for all of us.
- they take big samples, because lots of people don't lie
- they devise measures that have cheat detectors built into certain questions
- they have complex statistical thingys that can detect deception
- if researchers anticipate high levels of bs, they don't tell you the true purpose of the study
- they make recommendations, such as the no TV for under 2 year olds, based dozens of high quality studies testing thousands and thousands of different kids
If you do all this, you negate the effect of lying, which really doesn't happen that much anyway.
in answer to the first question, these are studies that have already taken out the effect of parenting, income, education, parental IQ, preterm birth, breastfeeding, etcetera all the things that can affect language, cognition and behaviour. Researchers measure as many things as they can to allow them to isolate what effect TV has.
guidelines are developed off of many, high quality research studies. This isn't something some wacky Amish paediatrician has just tossed out. It's the consensus of the paediatric academy, based off very strong evidence.
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