Nearly half of children under two years old watch television every day. Some critics think babies and toddlers should not watch any amount of television, but the technology is here to stay. So, can you make sure your young children are tuned in wisely?
It's essential to know that what kids watch can be more important than how much they watch. And watching with responsible adults can serve as valuable family time and give you an opportunity to parent.
The suggestion that parents get more involved in the viewing experience, may be the key to success. "Similar to the books they read together, parents can utilize television as simply another tool to interact and bond with their children."
Simple tips for introducing television to your tot and instilling healthy viewing habits:
Make Smart Choices: Allow children to view programs that are age appropriate and tailored specifically to their needs with educational content designed to enhance baby's development in a delightful and engaging way, which focuses on a variety of skills from sign language to math to numbers.
Set Limits: Limit the amount of time a child watches television and balance with other activities such as reading or playing outside.
Join Your Child: Take the opportunity to bond even further and share in the child's TV viewing experience. Point out the colors of objects on the screen, or sounds that animals make to help baby relate screen objects to the real world.
Keep Programming Fresh: Choose a variety of programs that feature new and evolving content. Introduce a broad range of subjects, so your baby is exposed to new and exciting things.
Share Emotions and Vocabulary and Have Fun: Television viewing is an emotional experience for babies, so acknowledge their emotions and talk about what you see on the screen. Ultimately, spending quality time with your child is the most rewarding part of being a parent, so share in the experience and have fun.