It’s easy for a kid to watch an entertaining, full-of-drama cartoon all day long. They can literally rack up hours on screen and might even forget to eat. Parents would also get much time to do other household chores when their little one is busy watching.
But is it good to let a kid watch screens for so many hours? If not, how much could be too much? And if they are asking to install one in their bedroom, should you really care about that?
Let’s talk numbers, 75% of children in the UK always demand a TV in their bedroom. In fact, according to a survey done by Reliant, kids start asking for a TV when they are in their Infant school itself. Additionally, around 45% of children out there watch TV to fall asleep. And only 8% of kids don’t prefer watching any Television programs at any hour of the day.
What’s more surprising is that 50% of children still prefer live television over watching any content on iPad or Tablet – and this is good. The reason is, the viewing distance between an iPad and your children’s eye is far less than that of televisions.
While your kid is demanding to watch any show on Television, you can allow them to watch it from a safe distance. But with mobile phones, this isn’t the case, and hence, your kid might end up facing issues like eye-straining.
But the question that many parents frequently ask is –
When is the Best Time to Put a TV in Your Children’s Bedroom?
The answer is, you can install it once they get older and you as a parent are aware of what type of content they often consume. Because letting a kid watch any program is a good idea, or else they will end up watching it on mobile phones. If you are still concerned about what they will watch, you can always restrict a few channels and programs (all thanks to technological advancements).
If not in their bedroom, you can always install a TV in your living room. Because when your kid is exposed to the right shows and programs, they can learn valuable things. For example:
Kids are fast learners, and the more they watch, the quicker they absorb new content. Hence, allow your little one to watch educational and informative content on TV that covers subjects like science, history, art, and craft. And for kids, you can always turn on a program aimed at preschoolers.
TVs are the best medium for parents who want their kids to explore sports even before they start playing. As a parent, you can tell them about the rules, gameplay, and interesting facts of different games like soccer, baseball, basketball, and more. And if your kid ends up showing any interest in any sports while you are co-viewing with them, encourage them to play the sport outdoors.
TVs have the power to let kids know different languages across the globe even before the little one steps out of their country. Hence while co-viewing, make sure to pick up programs through which your child might learn more about the cultures, lifestyles, and traditions of different places.
Not just education, but with the right choice of programs, you can even inspire your little one to think beyond horizons. For example, turn on a show on TV that’s all about paper, paints, and clay, and you’ll be amazed by how your little one is learning quickly because of all this visual content. And to make the experience livelier, you can switch to 8k TV, since these are the highest resolution TV offering a sharper and more detailed picture quality.
Let’s face it, technology isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. And while you believe keeping kids away from television is good, do remember that you are also trying to keep them away from recent technology inventions. So, not buying a TV isn’t the safe option, instead, try exposing them to reality but surely in a restricted environment. If your kids are old enough, explain to them the importance of screen time limits, and if they are younger, watch TV with them and make it a family activity!
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