The studies I linked are for kids under 2. TV for under two year olds is detrimental, but research shows viewing sesame street between ages 3-5 for less than 2 hours per day is associated with language benefits all the way into adolescence (happy to post links). Paeds agree that Educational shows and slow-paced cartoons in small amounts is a great tool for preschoolers. Violence/fast-paced Cartoons/background TV is bad for preschoolers.
So yeah, I agree with you. everything in balance, select content carefully, and try to avoid TV for infants. It's not really that radical.
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24-04-2015 19:33 #41
24-04-2015 19:33 #42
*my kid watches too much telly* I just want to be clear on that because I'm finding some of the responses to the research @Lilaah is posting a bit on the defensive side. I accept the research - it's there and it's substantive, I don't feel ruled or judged by it though.
The outcome is not causal by any means but it doesn't mean it's unworthy of consideration.
24-04-2015 19:39 #43
16 month old obsessed with watching TV!! Help!!
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24-04-2015 19:52 #44
Nope, sorry, too much maybe and not enough fact.
BTW I'm not saying tv is good for kids. But 30 mins a day isn't going to make as much of a difference as not doing educational stuff would (singing ABCs counting etc).
24-04-2015 19:54 #45
The conclusions of the first review article say that tv has the potential to cause harm, not that it does. And if you read through it, it says any language delay before 16 months seems to be transitory as there is no delay in older age groups. They also point out that maybe parents are responding to their childs language delay by increasing tv/dvd viewing.
24-04-2015 19:55 #46
From the conclusion:
The preponderance of existing evidence suggests the potential for harm. Parents should exercise due caution in exposing infants to excessive media.
Potential for harm. Not that it does. But maybe.
Also this from the second article:
one study finds positive associations of language learning with exposure to some children’s TV programs
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Whereas a poor kid who has a bum of a parent who bums around all day smoking a pack of ciggies in their kids face, never reading, going on excursions, doing puzzles etc... Is probably not going to benefit much from watching 30 minutes or more of Spider-Man or that crap in the night garden.
Unless the studies measure things like whether the mother smoked or drank while pregnant, breastmilk v formula, solid intake (feeding kids food in pouches supposedly delays speech as well)... Etc... Then for all we know the results could be indicative of another common contributor rather than TV.
24-04-2015 19:58 #48
Literally everything has potential to harm does it not?
I believe all it takes is a bit of common sense and everyone can enjoy the wonderful invention that is tv.
24-04-2015 20:09 #49
24-04-2015 20:19 #50
So, can't see how I'm being defensive. Stating that "tv is bad for your kids and will cause XYZ" is awful. Yes, perhaps it has the potential to cause XYZ. That doesn't mean it will- which is the way Lilaah was posting.
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