Do you believe that TV before the age of two is harmful to developing young minds? Do you ban or limit TV from your toddlers? Do you limit it for your older children? Do you agree with the AAP, or find that this advice may be right, but just isn't practical for you or your family for some reason? Discuss.TV and Toddlers
It may be tempting to put your infant or toddler in front of the television, especially to watch shows created just for children under age two. But the American Academy of Pediatrics says: Don't do it! These early years are crucial in a child's development. The Academy is concerned about the impact of television programming intended for children younger than age two and how it could affect your child's development. Pediatricians strongly oppose targeted programming, especially when it's used to market toys, games, dolls, unhealthy food and other products to toddlers. Any positive effect of television on infants and toddlers is still open to question, but the benefits of parent-child interactions are proven. Under age two, talking, singing, reading, listening to music or playing are far more important to a child's development than any TV show. For more information on your child's health, visit www.aap.org.
I think this is a lot like the 'no alcohol while pregnant' thing. In this culture, if we're told something is okay in moderation there will be more people prone to going all out and not knowing where to draw the line. So, instead of telling people 'moderation', they are told 'none at all'. CYA, I think. They don't want people sitting their kids in front of the electronic babysitter all day, getting fat and lazy.
My kids watch some tv. I'm not opposed to it. We limit it to no-commercial channels and dvd's. Partly cause I hate commercials, partly cause channels like YTV drive me UP THE WALL with their annoying commentary.
I agree. No, I don't think tv is great for the under-two set. No, I don't show my own stuff at that age, but I also don't make their dad turn off soccer when they are in the room either. It's not like mine pay attention anyway! Room for moderation, definitely.
My over-2 kids watch some tv, but we are limited just because of how little we are in the house.
We limit tv for everyone in our house. Its turned off most of the day.
But when it is on, i don't make my toddler leave the room.
I think too much tv is harmful for a child of any age....and grown ups too to some extent (just not in the same way)
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Every study I have ever read proves that the more TV watching adults do, the worse off they are. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/...-leads-obesity Just one example.
We don't let our babies watch TV till they are over two, and then it is limited to 40 minutes a day of on demand shows. We never have to make the baby leave the room, he is already in bed when my older two get TV time. I think that by having the tv on all day, or specificially putting on programming intended for your toddler, you are creating an addiction at an early age, and one which statistically will not serve them well as they age.
I feel like the world in general can be way overstimulating to me as an adult, I can't imagine being a toddler and navigating a house filled with TV noise, and Ipod playing, etc etc etc. We keep it off all day, I just feel like it is easier on their little brains to interact with people rather than screens, at this age. I'm with the AAP on this one.
I know that people love to talk about how Bob the Builder "taught" their two year old to say "hammer!".....but I feel quite confident that actual interaction with a parent could teach the same thing in a better and more meaningful way.
I'm with Kim in that I think that too much (which I probably define differently than other people) is a negative for both children and adults.
We're in the camp of "everything in moderation". DD gets plenty of interaction with us and other children/adults, she reads plenty of books, she sings songs, in fact every morning and evening while we're driving to and from daycare...we listen to her children's CD and she can sing nearly every song.
But she still watches her cartoons - and I'm OK with her watching a few episodes a day. They aren't violent, but educational. She watched Mickey Mouse before two, that was the only cartoon she was interested in. Now it's Dora, which shows her couting / shapes / colors, etc. We don't eat any meal in front of the TV either.
I admit he watches tv, but only his shows. maybe 2 shows a day.
My dad is horrible about it though because he likes that DS will cuddle with him on the couch when we watches the educational on demand programs.
I will say one thing though, that the educational programs have really helped him learn and reinterate what we have been working on. He is just over two and can do the entire alphabet and indentify all letters individually, counts to 20 and can spell basic words like cat, his name, apple, ball, etc. For us that has been a combination of working with him and showing him all the stuff outside the house and some of the educational baby boost programs that are on demand.
I agree, all things in moderation. A few minutes of a baby watching Baby Einstein might just give that new mother enough of a breather to keep her from snapping. Let her get in that shower and have an overall better outlook on life. A happy mom is always good for baby. That said, a baby or young toddler should not watch hours upon hours of TV a day. We do not get any broadcast channels so the only TV my girls watch are movies. My 2 yo has just recently started sitting down with my other girls if they are watching a movie. She generally is not interested in TV. My other girls were not interested in TV at that age either. Even for the older girls generally will watch a movie if it is raining out or on a Saturday morning. This week is a little different because it is Thanksgiving break. There are many days that our TV never gets turned on. (However as you all know, I could stand to be on the computer less)