Too Much TV?
There are many articles out about whether our children watch too much TV. Studies find that on an average, children watch 3-4 hours of television a day. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of two watch no TV, and children older than age two watch no more than two hours a day of quality programming. Also,
children who watch too much TV tend to eat more junk food, exercise less, and may be exposed to more violence and inappropriate messages. Other studies have even found a correlation to poorer reading scores and inability to finish school based on the amount of television watched in the home.
As an alternative to TV, offer your child an opportunity to read alone or with someone each night. Other activities may include playing games, doing puzzles, writing a story, practicing math facts, and doing arts and crafts. The parent newsletter, Home and School Connection, which is attached to our newsletter each month, usually has many fun ideas for parents to use at home with their children. You can also check family websites for even more TV-alternative ideas. Most of us enjoy watching some amount of television—let’s just make sure it is right for all of us!