The research advises that children under the age of 2 should be having 0 hours of screen time a day and that children up to the age of 6 should be having no more than 1 hour of screen time a day as it does not help with development; television, does not advance problem solving skills, nor does it promote interaction, nor is it conducive to exercise. Television and other screen time is making our children fat.
So why do we do it? Why do we expose our children to so much television? A cheap convenient baby sitter? An educational tool? Social inclusion?
My child phases out when watching television. She will not respond to conversation, she just doesn’t hear. She becomes extremely grumpy when the television is turned off, even if she is given notice. Then the tatys begin.
Sometimes, ironically, I find it easier, NOT to let her watch television.
Posted anonymously, 27th April 2015