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RE: Sometimes I see things
I couldn't agree with you more. A do really love digital cable and our dvr. We record a few shows, and watch them on our time table without watching all the commercials. We don't get our news from the sensational box. We only now at 20 months let our daughter watch one cartoon and that is from I control boomerang classics. You know Fred, Wilma and the gang, Great Ape, Mr. Magoo, etc. Television before age one has been shown to lead to attention deficit disorder. I think it may do that to adults as well!
Watching television rewires brains of children, causing ADHD and behavioral disorders
- Staff writers
A study from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that watching videos as a toddler may lead to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, also called ADD in UK) in later life.
TV watching "rewires" an infant's brain, says Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis lead researcher and director of the Child Health Institute at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, Wash.
The damage shows up at age 7 when children have difficulty paying attention in school.
Exposing a baby's developing brain to videos may overstimulate it, causing permanent changes in developing neural pathways.
"Also in question is whether the insistent noise of television in the home may interfere with the development of 'inner speech' by which a child learns to think through problems and plans and restrain impulsive responding," wrote Jane Healy, psychologist and child brain expert in the magazine's commentary.
As a kiddie viddie baby sits "mesmerized", neural paths are not being created.
Are parents who use infant videos such as "Baby Einstein" and "Teletubbies" putting their child at risk for a lifetime of Special Ed classes, school "behavioral therapy" and Ritalin?
In the study of more than 2,000 children, Christakis found that for every hour watched at age one and age three, the children had almost a ten percent higher chance of developing attention problems that could be diagnosed as ADHD by age 7.
Parents take away crucial life experiences from their child every time they pop in Baby Einstein.
My son is captivated (and hopefully learning something).
Humans raised children for 50,000 years before television sets and you can do it too.
"When one-year olds are playing with a toy, they can explore it, poke at it, drop it," says Yale University Television Researcher Dorothy Singer.
Watching television is an experience shared by the vast majority of children and adults. It is convenient, inexpensive, available and attractive. Television can be enormously entertaining for children and can teach them some things, but too frequently it is used as a substitute for other activities.
Studies indicate that many children watch television to a much greater extent than the current American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations (none for children under 2, less than 2 hours per day for older children).
Some problems with excessive television viewing include the following:
Television often substitutes for physical exercise, which is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and is crucial to physical development.
Watching TV may take the place of social interaction with friends and family -- depriving children of sharing ideas and feelings with others and parents of learning more about their kids.
It may take the place of reading in a child's day -- this may contribute to poor school performance and delay literacy.
It is possible that exposure to violence on television may be upsetting to children or that it may lead to more aggressive behaviors. However, a causal relationship between viewing violence on television and becoming violent in the absence of previous violent behavior has not been found.
Below are some strategies for establishing appropriate television viewing by your children:
Encourage alternative activities, especially physical activity.
Turn the television off during mealtimes, homework time, and other times of day during which social interaction and learning are going on.
Read to and with your children.
Set limits on television time (especially on school nights) and allow children to select the shows that they "really" want to watch -- this will encourage them to put thought into their viewing habits.
Watch television with your kids and help them understand what they're seeing, resist commercial messages, and feel comfortable discussing things with you.
Set a good example -- limit your own viewing and demonstrate alternative activities.
Get more information about TV and kids -- the American Academy of Pediatrics' web site is a good place to start