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07/05/2016


American children watch an average of three to five hours of television every day. That’s about 4,000 hours of television by the time they start school and about 15,000 hours by the time they finish high school, compared with 11,000 hours in the classroom. Most experts, teachers, and parents agree that is too much TV.

While television can be a valuable source of information and entertainment, studies show that excessive television viewing may affect children’s academic achievement, behavior, physical health, and emotional life. Consider the following research results:
1. Time spent watching TV often interferes with completing homework or getting enough sleep, which affects student achievement.
2. Passively watching TV reduces time for actively reading, playing, or talking with others, which can affect language development, social skills, and creativity.
3. Viewing too much violence can increase children’s fears and tendency to behave aggressively.
4. Viewing programs that depict sex, alcohol, or drug use may affect a child’s sense of right and wrong as well as emotional security.
5. Commercials and unreal characters and plots can unduly influence children.

For these reasons, it’s important for parents to guide the amount and quality of their children’s television viewing. Here are some ways to control TV viewing:

Set limits. Set some basic rules, such as no television during meals or before finishing homework or chores. Then limit your child’s viewing to no more than two hours a day, with exceptions for special programs. Use the extra hours for reading, sports, conversation, games, and hobbies. Discourage children from watching alone as a substitute for social activities.

Select, don’t settle. Identify appropriate programs that potentially enlarge your child’s experience; then let them decide which ones to watch within their time limits, helping them develop good judgment. Discourage channel surfing by turning the set on when a show starts and off when it is over. Try not to use the TV as a babysitter.

Participate. Watch programs with your children so you can monitor the show, observe their reactions, answer their questions about confusing or disturbing situations, and help them distinguish between fantasy and reality.

Stimulate. Challenge your children to become critical and articulate viewers. Ask your children to express their ideas and opinions about issues, characters, and advertisements. Discuss unfamiliar vocabulary, questionable statements that may require more information, or the difference between fact and opinion. Use programs as a springboard to follow-up reading and learning on similar topics or themes.

What to expect. It’s not easy to break the TV habit. Children may argue or sulk. But stick to your new rules. Provide alternatives. Once they see you mean it, they will adjust, especially as they learn to balance good television with other fun activities.

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