Another factor to consider is sedentary behaviour, which is a by-product of screen time, whether it be TV or devices. Sedentary behavior is having a huge impact on the physical and emotional wellbeing of people of all ages, but especially children.
I get it - my son watches waaaaaaaaay too much TV and I do get a little twitchy when I read the research. I feel defensive. The bottom line is I make a choice that works for my family (although if I'm being really honest it is sometimes out of laziness as well), and I try to balance out that choice with other activities, lots of interaction and face-to-face time.
My kids have too much electronics on the weekend, age appropriate things but too much and we are working on it.
I did find that turning the TV off in the morning was the best thing ever - breakfast taking 30 or 45mins on a school morning drive me batsh!t crazy, eating should not take that long. They spent more time watching than eating then complained their cereal was soggy - I just put an end to it. It took a few days for them to adjust and me too - in the hour and a half before we go to school they can make a massive mess but what can you do.
I read all the replies and I don't have anything else to add except that I'm obviously not the author of the research so I'm not going to defend its limitations, which every research study inevitable has. I just want to say that for me, I look at the findings through the lens that some of the worlds leading experts in Paediatrics and child development read those studies and thought they were sufficiently good enough to make recommendations off of them and when it comes to making decisions about my own kids TV watching, I won't dismiss that.
@DT75 I'm not here to attack you, I'm literally just sharing some findings.
have a nice weekend everyone.
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Tbh this thread has made me feel better as I always knew TV was bad but it reassures me to know there are plenty of others out there who let their kids watch TV. As for speech delay etc, I'm not partic bothered if my child knows 8-10 words less as I'm bringing him up bilingual so I think the extra language more than makes up for it!
For the record although I don't necessarily agree in the research as I also think there are too many variables, I think lilahh is entitled to her opinion and if she wants to make decisions based on her research then fair play to her.
I'm trying to stop having the TV on all day because my DD isn't interested! As a single mum from day one, I had it on for noise and to feel like there was a little more going on...it was hard to entertain a little one 100% on your own, 24/7. But I honestly think it was great for DD. She was never the sort of child to just sit and watch, and 'tune out' so to speak. She's incredibly bright and engaged, would pay attention to the music and some other stuff, then continue playing. The only time I would actually put her in front of it was in her high chair with a toy or two so I could shower. I'd usually let her watch Dora and it taught her SO much. It literally taught her to talk. She learned the alphabet and numbers from it (she knew all upper & lower case letters and numbers from 1-20 before she was 2). It hasn't affected her negatively at all and I don't feel bad about her watching either TV or DVDs nowadays, but as I said I'm only just now realising that I can probably take a bit of my own TV time back as I just have ABC2 on out of habit and she barely pays attention. Sometimes she'll ask to watch something on the iPad and given that she doesn't nap anymore, I'm happy for her to watch a Play School episode for quiet time. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on this but OP, if you feel it's causing problems then maybe implement some structure to the TV watching in your house, be firm and remember you are the parent, you make the rules. It might result in some tantrums but you'll probably be surprised, kids adapt quickly! Just be ready with a distraction before it happens Good luck!!
She did. And, actually, the article doesn't say that. It says it has the potential to harm... The above 2 sentences are what bothered me.You must not have read the article. It's an extremely convincing read that screen time for under 2's causes language and cognition problems.
Also, discussing/debating in a thread isn't getting defensive. I'm tired of reading "you're being defensive" when someone is only discussing/trying to make a point.
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My son started talking Spanish after Dora. I had no idea what he was talking about lol
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