Should I habituate my kid to watch tv atlest for sometime?
Created by Updated on Feb 01, 2015
Hi, my son is 2. 7 year old. Fortunately, he is not habituated with television. He is not interested in watching television, even though I ask to watch any cartoon. And I found myself lucky for that when I see other children who are really addicted with television. What my point is, do a child need to have some hobby to watch television at least for some time in a day, let say cartoons or educational channel? To watch it for half n hour in a day in not bad, instead, if we take it positively, it may be a good guide if used in right manner.
| Feb 02, 2015
Hi Kruti, lucky you! it is indeed a blessing to have a child not addicted to television. Please don't get him into this hobby. it is not worth it. there is nothing on the TV a child will learn that he can't learn through books or through real life experiences. Can he not see pics of animals in books rather than watching on TV? And the evils of Tv are more than the benefits. SO, ideally, find a outdoor hobby for your child, like gardening, or get him involved in a sport or take him for theatre/drama/dance classes to build a hobby than TV.
| Feb 02, 2015
Hi Kruti, do you really want to? I agree with Shipra that there is nothing the TV can teach the child, that he can't learn otherwise. TV just dulls down their senses. As is, in my experience, my daughter too did not enjoy TV too much till around 3 years. it was only when she started to go to school, heard other children talking about chota bheem etc. , that she got curious and wanted to watch and then there was no stopping. Your son, may not be watchign currently because such small children sometimes don't understand the language or the activity on the screen and so don't enjoy it much. Once, he does, he will enjoy TV. TV maybe a good guide, but only, when the child can decipher the educational stuff and understand how to use it for education rather than time which will happen much later in life. till then enjoy your son's childhood moments spent with you rather than with the screen.
| Feb 02, 2015
Hi Kruti, While you may want to rethink on getting your child habituated to TV, one way is to show him content which he understands for eg: nursery rhymes. Do so repeatedly. Only by repeated exposure, will he start associating with it, understanding and enjoying it. But like all parents here, please avoid it. Let him enjoy as much time as possible without the TV hi jacking his life.
| Feb 03, 2015
Not yet Kruti! Once he is a little older, he will surely want, demand and even throw tantrums to watch TV. Then you may have little choice. For now keep him busy in ways which works best for the both of you. However, I would like to add that my daughter learnt things like shapes, colours, recognised animals, learnt new words in English and quite a lot more from the 20 to 30 mins TV time she got around 2 to 3 years of age. So the appropriate programs and in shorter duration should help your child in learning new things. So when TV time finally starts, fimiliarize yourself with when the educationa programs or shows like Mister Maker (on C Beebees) come on air. Good luck :)