Many parents get the pressure of keeping kids busy, TV and computers games are easy options. It is even recommended that no TV at all for children under 2 years of age and for older children, limit to 1 hour a day with parental supervision.
What you can do instead of making your child watch TV
- Make him do the household chores.
- Try to keep TV and computer out of bedroom.
- Do not allow your child to eat in front of TV
- Set a good example
You can also help by
- Viewing programs with your child
- Selecting appropriate TV shows is important.
- Place a limit on the amount of Television watching
- You can try the “TV programming schedule for your Child”
- Select 10 programs appropriate for your child’s age but let child put tick marks on them. Like this he/she will feel he is taking his/her own decisions.
- Write down the telecast time and date of these programs on a paper.
- It should be clearly told that he/she can watch only 10 pragrams per week.
- Put a tick mark after child has seen the program.
- When all 10 programs have been viewed, the child has had enough television time. Repeat the process the next week.
Health hazards of TV watching include:-
- Obesity- your child would remain inactive and therefore could (later) develop other problems.
- Growth retardation- This occurs because child is not sleeping well or exercising section of growth hormone is suppressed and child’s growth is adversely affected.
- Poor concentration- Excessive TV watching leads to short attention span, this would later lead to poor academic performance and under achievement.
- Lack of creativity – children who watch lots of TV, lack originality and imagination.
- Headache & Migraine
- Type 2- diabetes mellitus- lack of physical activity combined with habit of skipping meals and heavy snacking leads to weight gain and subsequent development of diabetes.
- Short sightedness
- Delayed Speech- a child cannot learn language by merely watching Television.
- Autism- In this they lack social interaction they are confined in their own world and not able to communicate with others.
- Epilepsy- certain form of epilepsy are precipitated by flickering lights.
- Sleep disorders.