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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Is Your Child Watching Too Much TV? Not Going Outside?

Children need to be active. Especially in an apartment lifestyle with limited space.

Your child sitting in front of a tv screen doesn't promote social skills or playing with others.
Not all tv is a bad thing as watching educational programs on public television can help learn the alphabet.
On average children spend around 32 hours each week sitting in front of a screen.
The more time younger kids watch tv, the harder time they have turning it off as they become older.
Toddler tv watching has been associated with lower eductaion achievement and increased body mass index. Children spending more than 4 hours per day watching tv are more likely to become overweight.
Your child may show more aggresive behavior if they are watching violent acts on television.
Tv should be for occassional and not around the clock entertainment.
Today more tv shows and even kid's cartoons depict behaviors that you may not want your child to learn. 
Be aware that tv shows often contain arguments, murder, shootings, car chases, hitting, stabbing, slapping, disasters and death.
It's important that a child understand that most violence on tv is fake with fake blood. Children should also be taught the real dangers involved with violence and weapons.
Watching too much tv can skew your child's perception of reality.
Be aware of what tv programs your children are watching and how much time each day they spend in front of the screen.
Consider having your child read, get involved with music, art or explore a hobby.
Tv pushes people toward a sedentary lifestyle and has also been linked to teen attention problems. 
Like most things in life, moderation is the key when it comes to watching television.

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