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Could television be affecting your child's learning and development?

Is the TV playing a very big role in your child's life?

TV has its good side where it can be entertaining and educational and can open up new worlds for children, giving them a chance to travel the globe, learn about different cultures and new lifestyles. The negative side is that children are likely to learn things from TV that parents do not want them to learn. TV can affect your child's health, sleep patterns, behaviour and family life.

It is worthwhile to think about what role you want TV to play in your family life.

Check out this TEDx talk in which Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a professor of Pediatrics (whose research is mentioned here), summarises current research on how television and other screen media affect young children's developing brain – with lifelong consequences.

  • Early television viewing is related to later attention and behaviour problems. TV watching at the age of 1-3 years is associated with greater hyperactivity and attentional problems at the age of 7 years (Christakis et al., 2004). Efforts to limit television viewing in early childhood may be warranted, and there is more research being done.

  • Different types of shows may have different effects on preschoolers’ social competence and behaviour. For example, watching TV shows which promote prosocial behaviour such as empathy and cooperation is associated with better social competence and behaviour than watching TV shows which promote aggression and violence (Christakis et al., 2013).

It seems that the best approach in the awareness of this research is to limit the time children are in front of the screen. Carefully examine the shows your children watch and check how the television program promotes thinking, language development, and prosocial behaviour. Teach your children why not to watch the shows that encourage violence and inappropriate behaviour.

A recent research showed that the more cognitive stimulation children received by their parents, there were less attention problems. They measured cognitive stimulation on how often parents read to their children, how often they took them to the museum, how10215491 s often they sang to their child which reduced the chances of attentional problems. In fact each hour spent with the children reduced the problem by thirty percent.

Research has shown the more time parents spend with their children in their early years by reading books and doing playful activities there is a better opportunity to increase their child's attention and improve their readiness to learn at school.

Today there is such an increase in all sorts of technology for children. It is not only the television screen. There are computers, ipads and iphones where children spend hours playing games and some of the games are violent. So many children are experiencing eye tension because of being in front of the screens for long hours. This eye tension causes ocular lock and children have difficulty eye tracking smoothly across the page which affects their reading ability.

Brain Gym offers simples exercises with eye tracking which releases tension in the eye muscles. Many of my students have improved in their eye tracking, vision and reading within a month of doing the Brain Gym exercises every day.

Brain Gym is a simple, drug-free brain training and learning program that takes 15 minutes per day...and kids have a lot of fun doing it.  Book a FREE initial consultation TODAY by phoning me on 0413697692 or email me.  Give your child the support they deserve.




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