Here are some practical ways to make TV – viewing shorter and smarter

Published on July 13, 2016

When it comes to TV, how much is too much…

Today we have numerous broadcasts for the tiniest viewers of all. Back again to the fact the first 2 years of a child’s life are considered a critical time for brain development. TV and other electronic gadgets can limit your child from exploring, playing, and also hamper interaction with parents and peers. There is a bit of screen time that may be an important part, as it is claimed often that watching will make young children smarter. But not to ignore, there are evidences of serious troubles caused due to excessive exposure to the idiot-box.

Here are some practical ways to make TV-viewing shorter and smarter:

Limit the amount of time your toddler spends: Allowing kids to watch TV for two hours is sufficiently fair. Keep screens out of the bedroom and turned off during meals. Keep screen time to a minimum one to two hours of “quality programming” Even this shouldn’t be continuous. This two-hour time should be divided into regular intervals.

Avoid setting a firm watching time allowance: Keep to yourself what the absolute maximum is. To edge the watch time, break up viewing into 10 to 15-minute increments. You don’t have to be implicit when communicating the message that there is a fixed time he/she should be watching.

Monitor your toddler’s watching: Choose what your tot watches wisely by previewing shows before letting your toddler see them. Watch an episode and assess the dialect and appropriateness and see that the show promotes healthy values. TV characters often portray behaviours that are not suitable for an audience of that age group, like violence, lying, using abusive language or having any kind of inappropriate undertones.

Limit your own viewing: Keep your TV viewing for when your kid is asleep. If you watch your serial screening when your child is around, she is soaking up extra hours of TV a day.

Help your child become a wise viewer: Choose programs that emphasizes interactivity and stimulate your child to makes sounds, say words, sing, and dance. The pace should be such that children get time to think and absorb.

Make it productive: Watch with your child whenever possible. A great way to make TV more educational is to sit down and watch with him! Make it interactive by asking him questions about the story as you watch. Sometimes they need your help to make sense of what they’re seeing on the screen.

To take the attention away from the importance of TV, please note that you don’t use TV viewing as a reward and neither ban it as a punishment.

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