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Should You Let Your Kids Watch TV? Here Are What the Experts Said!

 

With the emergence of NETFLIX and other streaming service, nowadays you do not have to sit in front of the TV. You can simply use your phone to watch TV, which brings again the debates of whether or not you should let your kids watch TV.

This is not a new debate. Many people seem to really dislike TV, claiming that it’s bad to let your child watch TV for any period of time. However, it is also important to note that the amount of TV shows that tries to inform, inspire, and educate your kid is also growing together with the technology of TV.

This has always been the case ever since TV was first invented. Even today, the experts can’t really seem to agree with whether or not you should let kids watch TV. For this reason, we will list some positive and negative effects of TV made by the experts, and you can decide for yourself whether to let your child watch TV or not.

The Good/ the positive??

  •  If you let your child watch educational and non-violent programme, studies show that your child will do better in reading and mathematics.
  • TV could be more effective compared to books or audiotapes if you want to teach about something that needs process (how seed grows into a tree, how to bake a cake, etc)
  • If your child is sick, studies made by scientists from the University of Siena found that watching cartoons can make child experience a soothing and pain killing effect.
  • By letting your child watch informative and educational shows, they will continue to watch even more of the same type of show when they get older.
  • If you have preschoolers and let your child watch TV, studies from 2001 told that they tend to have higher grades and are less aggressive.
  • Entertainment programme could potentially expose children to the diversity of culture, humanistic values, and the worldviews of other people.
  • Watching drama programme could give your child an idea of the complexity of life and moral dilemmas.
  • If you let your child watch TV, you can make them learn a lot of words. However, you need to watch what words they learn.

 

The Bad/ the negative??

  • TV offers little to no educational value for children under 2 years old.
  • The result of 20 years of research by Dr. Sally Ward shows that kids bombarded by background TV noise in their house will have trouble paying attention when they hear background noise.
  • If you don’t watch your kids closely, TV can expose your kids to negative influences such as alcohol and violence.
  • A study by Millennium Cohort Study in 2013 said that there is a higher possibility for kids to have emotional symptoms and relationship problems when they reach 7 years old if they watch more than 3 hours of TV a day.
  • Visual stimulation from TV is very fast-paced. It might cause an attention-span trouble in traditional class.

 

Those are some opinions from the experts regarding whether or not you should let your kids watch TV. At the end of the day, television, like any other technologies, are tools. Eventually, it’s up to the user of those tools to use them.

In order to help you balance things out, The American Academy of Pediatrics created a list of screen-time for your kids and you can check them out below:

Age Maximum Screen time
Toddlers (1-2 years old) Little to no screen time

This is because kids at this stage needs more physical interaction with people.

Preschoolers (3-4 years old) Maximum 1 hours per day

Parents should plan their screen time in advance.

Elementary Schoolers (5-10 years old) Between 1 to 1.5 hours a day.

Make sure your kids still get their creative time.

Middle Schoolers (11-13 years old) Maximum of 2 hours a day

Teenagers can take charge of their screen time. However, make sure you help them see the trade-offs.