Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Idiot Box

Background TV Distracts Kids From Play

Having the television on in the background while pre-schoolers play with their toys disrupts their efforts to sustain attention, even when they don't pay much attention to it, and may harm their development, researchers report in current issue the journal Child Development.

Pediatricians recommend no TV for children under age 2, yet studies show that three quarters of very young children in America live in homes where the TV is on most of the time, notes the research team led by Dr. Marie Evans Schmidt of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston.

Even if young children aren't watching the TV, it may be distracting them from their play and depriving them of developing critical attention skills, a new study says.

When children aged 3 and younger played in a room with a television on that was tuned to adult programming, they played for about 5 percent less time than when there was no background TV. More importantly, when there was no background TV, the children's play was more focused with longer play episodes, the study found.

"Background TV is a disruptive and distracting influence. Our evidence is that TV keeps the children from sustaining their attention at a time when developmentally, they're beginning to organize their attention skills and sequencing behaviors," said study senior author Daniel Anderson, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

This finding speaks loud and clear to me to start minimize Ivan & Reanne exposure to TV time be it intentionally or not. For their development sake, got to make this adjustment promptly. It's easy to say than done as I am a TV addict myself and so are my parents :P.

Bringing them out to play at the nearby open park adjacent from our house should be a good start. Next convert my TV time to reading time with the children. As one of my friend said, if you can spend time watch TV why can't invest time in reading. Gotcha!!!

Note: Article abstracted from Yahoo New


joshua said...

The Idiot Box has made people lazy - adults and children alike...

cck said...

yeah, I m guilty too. Backgroud TV distract me playing with my kids :P