Parents nowadays rely on television to keep their children entertained.
Now, TheÂ American Academy of Pediatrics announced that passive watching of television, maybe as harmful as second hand smoking.
Exposure from casual television watching can harm their speech development.
There is now guidelines available for children specially under aged two.
They revealed that background tv can cause concentration wandering in which they should have been playing and learning.
The AAP rep said that, “TV deterred children and parents from interacting, which it said was crucial to vocabulary development.”
“When parents are watching their own programs, this is a background media for the children.”
“It distracts the parent and decreases parent-child interaction. It’s presence may also interfere with a young child’s learning from play.”
“Their own media causes negative effects on their children.”
Experts said that tv viewing time can also cause young children to sleep badly. It can also cause less interaction between the parent and their kids.
They also said that unstructured free play is important to children for brain development.
“Parents are distracted by tv the same way preschoolers do.”
Children nowadays watched television shows for 1.44 hours a day compared to around half an hour reading, playing and listening to music.
“This serves as a wake up call for parents” as told by Common Sense Media, who surveyed 1,400 parents.