Is TV Good for Babies?
There has been a lot of concern about the effect TV has on babies. This has led to some research being carried out. There are also parents who believe TV benefits their babies. Some research has shown that babies aren’t affected either way. It is important to understand this research was done to find out the effects of TV on brain development.
It would be fair to say that cognitive brain development should not the only criteria for deciding whether or not TV is good or bad for your baby. It has been discovered that children who watch more TV are prone to attention problems, not getting sufficient sleep and becoming overweight.
The main problem is that parents are using TV as a babysitter. It is much easier to put your baby in front of the TV so you can get on with other tasks. A baby would be interested in the moving pictures, colors and sounds and therefore be quiet. Even the most dedicated parents fall into this easy trap.
More and more baby DVD’s are being marketed. There are claims that these educational DVD’s will promote intelligence in your child. A lot of parents are buying and using the DVD’s instead of placing their babies in front of ordinary TV channels.
Many marketers are touting such DVD’s as coming from researchers who scientifically understand the brain. The truth is research has been carried out by Harvard Medical School and the Children’s Hospital in Boston. Eight hundred children from newborn to three years took part. As far as both these prestigious institutions are concerned, ‘there is no such thing as educational TV because there is no evidence that DVD’s and video games like “Baby Einstein” and “Baby Genius” makes children cleverer’.
Parents who become aware of what are false claims about such material admit there’s something very distasteful and disturbing about targeting babies. Surely, experts in this field should be aware of a baby’s innate compulsion to actively engage in the world and with other humans. This is precisely how a baby learns. There is a great deal of solid evidence to prove it is the early months and years that require direct contact with the real world and real people, in order for emotional, intellectual and social development.
It is very important for parents to know they are creating a habit for their baby by allowing him or her to ‘watch’ TV. You are allowing your child to be ‘hardwired for dependency on TV or media’ and this is happening even prior development and growth. The more your child is exposed to this the more dependent your child becomes on media and not real people and real experiences.