If you're like most parents, chances are your child watches TV during the day. From Netflix to YouTube to Spongebob, there are plenty of ways to entertain them while you're busy. It's hard to deny that TV can be a great way to keep your kids entertained and even teach them new things. But as much as it can be good for your kids, too much TV may also have a negative impact on their brain development. Let's take a look at some of the ways that too much television time might be impacting your child's future in the long-term.
What is too much TV doing to your child's brain?
It has been found through research by Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School that there is evidence to support claims of negative consequences on brain function when exposed to three hours or more of daily television viewing time before school age. The question has long been debated about how watching too much television can affect your child's health--both mental and physical. According to TIME, some of these effects may include increased risk for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), delayed language development, decreased cognitive skills as well as an overall lower IQ score. Parents are often concerned about what is too much tv doing to their child. On average, children spend more than two hours each day in front of screens. And those who watch four or more hours per day are 31% more likely to develop attention and impulse control problems.
There are many studies that link excessive screen time with childhood obesity, depression, sleep disorders, social and emotional difficulties.
How much is too much?
This article provides statistics on how much TV is too much. They say that most kids are watching an average of two hours and forty-seven minutes per day. That means their parents are giving them over six hours of screen time each week. In my opinion, that is too much time for children to spend in front of their television or playing video games with all those electronic devices.
Consequences of too much TV
Too much tv can have major consequences on your child, such as stunting their development and not getting enough sleep. The change in light patterns from watching TV also lead to eye strain, which can result in permanent damage to your child's eyesight.
Tips for parents
Raising children is not an easy task. There are many different stresses that parents must navigate, but when it comes to media consumption, parents may be unsure of how much is too much. While there has been research done on screen time and how it can affect behavior and cognitive development, there have been mixed findings.
Some research has found that more than two hours of screen time per day can be detrimental to young children’s development and self-regulation skills.
At Brainy Kids Place, we are committed to ensuring that brain draining TV time doesn't exist. When you walk through our center, you won't see televisions in classrooms, or children sitting in front of electronic devices. We believe that children's brains learn through active engagement!