As a child grows, his/her mind evolves and develops. During the early months of their childhood, it’s vital that children develop without “external” influence, exploring the natural world around them. That’s why child care at Rockville MD is centered around lots of indoors and outdoors human-to-human contact, and individual and group activities. Studies have shown that TV viewing can affect a child’s development in various areas. Managing a child’s television (and online activities) habits help in their healthy development.
Understanding the Impact
From an early age, television can have a detrimental impact on young minds. Studies have proven that, unless strictly regulated, TV viewing can cause impediments in cognitive development and language skills. Excessive viewing can also lead to behavioral issues, obesity, aggression, and attention disorder among young children.
Unlike the structured and monitored environment they experience while in child care in Rockville, young children are more likely to suffer the impacts of unmonitored TV viewing at home. Most alarming, to parents and home caregivers is the fact that, while excessive television viewing stifles a child’s mental and physical development, it also stunts their social development. While children are glued to the TV, it robs them of prime bonding opportunities with friends and family.
Good Viewing Guidelines
When your child attends child care in Rockville, the staff, child care associates and educators at the Center will ensure appropriate TV viewing guidelines are implemented. However, television viewing at home (or other environments away from child care settings) also has a deep impact on your child’s early development. Here are some good viewing guidelines to consider:
- Be a Role Model Yourself: Do not binge-watch television, or spend hours on gaming or entertainment Apps, in the presence of your child. Be a role model of moderation to them
- Listen to the Experts: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children should not have screen time prior to reaching 18 to 24 months of age (except for video chatting with family). Experts also recommend that between 2 to 5-years of age, kids should be allowed an hour or less of screen time each day
- Be Aware and Informed: Teachers and caregivers of your kids, attending child care at Rockville MD, always make informed TV viewing choices. At home, choose your child’s viewing carefully – both programming and scheduling. Before allowing your child to watch a TV program, be it a cartoon or a children’s show, understand what the show is about. Only allow them to watch it once you’re satisfied of its beneficial impacts
- Activate Parental Controls: Most TV manufacturers offer parental control features. If your household watches internet TV, all platforms also have parental control options included. It’s helpful to learn about those features, and enable them to manage and control your child’s TV viewing
As a parent, guardian, or primary care giver to the child, it’s vital to always have a trusting relationship with your child. That relationship plays a key role in the healthy development of the child, and may be impacted when you impose TV viewing restrictions. Therefore, it’s important to talk to your child – even at a tender age – and explain why they’re not allowed to watch a certain range of programming, or must conform to viewing schedules.