Hello fellow parents and would-be parents!
So much has been said about the impact of technology on our lives – good and bad. But is television as bad as it has been demonized? Let’s seek to find out today. I promise you that by the end of this article, you’ll totally have changed your perspective on this issue, completely. Now, shall we begin?
Before we begin, take time to answer these questions. Remember to be honest!
- How many hours does your child spend watching the telly?
- List at least five programs your child likes watching.
- Of what benefit are the listed programs to your child? Information? Entertainment?
- What if your child missed watching any of the listed programs, how would that affect them – positively or negatively?
Don’t be too fast to answer them before you read this. You can also use the questions to gauge yourself.
Research has repeatedly indicated that the impact on children is detrimental. Analysts report that watching TV steals into the time required for a child to grow and develop. At this stage of life, one is required to develop social skills, language skills and even cognitively by interacting one on one with people but this doesn’t happen. In fact, many ignorant parents use Television as a substitute to babysitting. This ends up messing the child completely and he/she may never get to reach their potential.
- Greater risk of heart attack.
- Cardiovascular diseases.
- Hypertension or even death.
Let me emphasis this; the brain functioning of the child may never get to its optimum and thus poor performance in school. He/she may also develop a short concentration life span in class owing to the fact that they are used to quick video simulation as opposed to the slow-speaking teacher. This, in effect, contributes to low grades.
Lastly, on the moral issue. Our television screens are awash with violence and morally-stinking content. If we continue letting them grow in such an environment, then, we’ll be sure of raising psychopathic and immoral citizens.
However, TV is not all bad when used in moderation. Research has also shown that children watching informative programs like reading of stories, have had their report books registering high grades than those who don’t.
Therefore, let’s raise our kids wisely.
Did you know that TV shortens your lifespan by 22 minutes for every hour spent on it, after the age of 25 years?
Watch out for the next article!
Talk to you soon!