Thinking and Linking by Joanne Jacobs
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Not to mention having DVD players or ipads in cars/vans even for just driving around town….
Hmm., my children have both watched TV from birth. They have averaged about 90 minutes daily on week days and roughly 2.5 hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
They are 8 and 9. Both are at the op of their classes in reading, writing and math. In fact, my daughter has been placed in a gifted math class, and my son is two grade levels ahead, according to his teacher.
Not that standardized tests mean much, but my son was advanced in every benchmark on the reading test this year, and my daughter’s reading comprehension scores average 95% on the year.
Of course, they both read, too. Obviously, being an avid reader is critical, but has TV really hurt them that much?
It’s a corralation/causation thing again. What’s important is what children aren’t doing. Do they have positive interaction and discussions with tolerant engaged adults regularly? No amount of TV or gaming is going to ruin a kid who has parents that are paying attention and attempting to cultivate good things in the kids life. And, just by a time measurement standard, kids who are working on school work, playing outside, active in sports or clubs, attending church have limited time availability for TV and gaming.
Absent a reasonably health home life, the idiot boxes submerge the kid in an idiot culture.
Well said, Stacy. My thoughts exactly.
Too often people are inclined to argue “but my kid (or I) watched lots of TV and he is fine.” But that’s simply an anecdotal example, which means nothing in terms of research.
People must consider all factors – not just how much TV, but what else kids are doing, and if the TV time is replacing quality learning and growth.
I agree with both of you. The graphic Joanne shares, though, doesn’t take these parental influences into account. It suggests a variety of deleterious effects of TV, without adding any codicils. I think these kinds of absolutes are dangerous.
The problem with this, of course, is that it doesn’t find a way to blame teachers.
You’re slipping, Joanne
I’ve found that even non-educational TV for 3-4 year olds has broadened my kids’ vocabulary and knowledge of the world.
Hey, *I* like ‘Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’, and I’m in my early 30’s!
It’s not about the actual act of staring at the screen that’s harmful (other than the whole obesity thing) – it’s *what* they’re watching when they’re staring at the screen. Is it ‘Star Trek’ or ‘Jersey Shore’? The History Channel’s ‘The Revolution’ or a bunch of rap music videos? And so on…
TV is often blamed for all that goes wrong with our children and, while I recognize that ‘excessive’ viewing is not desirable, I am not convinced that TV is the demon it has often been made out to be. I, personally, think that the parents, themselves, play the most influential role in the futures of their children. Overall, however, I think that the philosophy of ‘everything in moderation’ should, as with nearly everything else, apply here too.
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