In a society where almost all mothers have a full time job and we all ear to leave our children play outside alone, you wonder what you should do to prevent your children from becoming TV addicted.
Many times, the new born have indirect access to the TV even before they get to learn to talk or to walk. He becomes aware of the moving images around him. At the age of about 2 he can watch a short program at TV. He is attracted by everything interesting and therefore the TV set is like a paradise. So as to avoid future problems it is better not to allow him to spend more than 30 minutes in front of the TV. Television has an important impact on the child's perception of time. When he is in front of the TV he is not aware of the way time passes, as if he were on anothe
r planet. So the less time he spends in front of the "magic box" the better for his health and development. A child is supposed to enrich his imagination, to make up all sorts of games, to socialize. He won't do any of these if he stays all day long indoors, isolated from external factors that could help him.
It has been proved the TV diminishes the child's capacity to concentrate on his daily activities for school.
The child learns gradually to distinguish reality from fantasy and he makes use of all his senses to understand better what goes around him. Television is not a window opened for the surrounding reality, but only a fake representation of it.
Romanian children tend to spend a lot of time in front of the TV: three hours daily. 60% of the children are interested in the adds and a third of them bother their parents each day to buy them what they see in commercials. Worse, 70% of the children watch TV with their parents, which makes that the latter don't have the strength to make their children realize the damages the TV can bring and they are satisfied with knowing the children are safe and sound at home, even if in front of the TV, rather than going outside.
TV Addicted Children written by Herminne Tonita for FamousWhy.com
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