Boob-tube Toddlers At Risk For Attention Problem
With moms busy working
and managing the household, it can be tempting to turn to TV as
a substitute nanny. But early television exposure could put
toddlers at high risk for attention problems by age 7, a study
published in the journalPediatrics
In a cross-sectional study, TV-viewing hours
for 1,278 children at age 1 and 1,345 at age 3 were reviewed.
Using a survey that scored hyperactivity,
researchers found that 10 percent of the subjects had attention
problems by age 7. Using a logistical regression model, they
concluded that hours of TV viewed per day were associated with
TV may interfere with the proper development
of the brain, resulting in aggressiveness, lower tolerance
levels and decreased attention span. It may also slow the
development of language skills. While more research is needed,
limiting your kid's TV time is a good idea.
aren't the only concerns. A child sitting in front of the TV
also burns a lot less calories than when he is out playing.
Thankfully, changing this habit can be done gently. Instead of
imposing authority, start by saying:
Let's turn off the TV so we can:
puzzle. Puzzles will not
only enhance your child's spatial skills, it will also help him
focus on a single task.
Read a book.
Reading will expand your child's
imagination and increase his language skills.
with your friends. Playing
house and other games are opportunities for exercise and the
development of social skills and emotional intelligence.