24 MAR 2013 by ideonexus

 Television is Not a Passive Medium

Ever since viewing screens entered the home, many observers have worried that they put our brains into a stupor. An early strain of research claimed that when we watch television, our brains mostly exhibit slow alpha waves—indicating a low level of arousal, similar to when we are daydreaming. These findings have been largely discarded by the scientific community, but the myth persists that watching television is the mental equivalent of, as one Web site put it, “staring at a blank wall....
Folksonomies: parenting television
Folksonomies: parenting television
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Our brains enter a state similar to that of reading a book when watching TV. Children are able to make sense of TV and are actively engaged with it.

31 JUL 2011 by ideonexus

 Recommendations for Exposing Children to Television

1. Keep the TV off before the child turns 2. I know this is tough to hear for parents who need a break. If you can’t turn it off—if you haven’t created those social networks that can allow you a rest—at least limit your child’s exposure to TV. We live in the real world, after all, and an irritated, overextended parent can be just as harmful to a child’s development as an annoying purple dinosaur. 2. After age 2, help your children choose the shows (and other screen-based expos...
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No television before age two, and when television is introduced, limit consumption and use watching television as a chance for interaction to have the child think critically about what they are seeing.

31 JUL 2011 by ideonexus

 An Hour of TV a Day Equals a 10 Percent Increase in Atten...

Another example comes from a study that looked at bullying. For each hour of TV watched daily by children under age 4, the risk increased 9 percent that they would engage in bullying behavior by the time they started school. This is poor emotional regulation at work. Even taking into account chicken-or-egg uncertainties, the American Association of Pediatrics estimates that 10 percent to 20 percent of real-life violence can be attributed to exposure to media violence.   TV also poisons at...
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Even second-hand television, just having it on the the room, causes problems; therefore, the APA recommends no Television for children for two years.