We live in a world where technology and media make things easy for everyone. But they come with disadvantages when misused.
TV is an important part of every child's life. But the type of content they watch matters the most. Not all TV shows are good for children. What goes through the eyes, enters the brain.
Today's digital devices provide endless entertainment and educational entertainment but unlimited time can be harmful.
When it comes to the most used medium, television, it has some benefits but let's talk about the effects of consuming too much content on television.
Here is what watching too much TV does to your children and how you can minimise the consumption of too much TV:
Many television shows, more especially films, movies,telenovelas and also music videos , depict violence content. Sometimes the violence portrayed in a positive way.
This gives children the idea that violence is the right way to solve issues. It may even encourage them to be violent and aggressive towards other children.
Children who eat while watching TV increase their calorie intake which can result in obesity. This is more common to children who have televisions in their rooms.
Kids who watch too much TV are more likely to be obese. They have no time to engage in physical activities. Obesity comes with other health disorders that may be a problem to your child.
3. Lack of focus.
Parents allow their kids to spend more than 2 hours infront of the screen, little do they know that it negatively affects their academic performance. They easily lose focus. A lot of kids who spends more time watching TV slumber in the classroom because they don't get enough time to rest at home.
Many children who lack focus because of spending more hours behind the screen are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder).
4. Sleep problems.
Too much TV on children leads to insomnia. It can affect how quickly your child falls asleep and how long long your child sleeps. Children need 8 to 9 hours of sleep.
Blue lights from TV screen, computer screen and also phones might suppress melatonin levels and delay sleepness. Melatonin is a hormone that makes a person sleepy.
5. Lack of social development.
Children need some time to play and interact with their friends. This is healthier than spending hours glued to the television screen.
If children don't get enough time to be socially active, their confidence and self-esteem may be negatively impacted. For example, when they finally get the chance to mingle with other kids it gets hard for them to participate in whatever activity they might be doing. They are more likely to be shy because they are not used to going outside.
It gets hard for them to reach new heights in life and their social development gets affected. Research found that watching television for long hours might lower cognitive abilities related to short-term memory, early reading and language development.
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