At least one third of households have their TV turned on all time. This I can understand. But would you believe one in four children under age of 2 have a TV in their bedroom?
Parents and pediatricians are now questioning how much TV is too much. Is it affecting toddlers' attention spans? Is it causing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? New studies are saying that it is a factor. The more TV your toddler watches, greater their risk of developing attention difficulties. Too much of tube is also a factor in childhood obesity.
Here's some more food for thought. If your toddler watches TV all day, when do they have a chance to use their own imagination? Where have days gone when going outside to play was solution for boredom?
When I was a kid, my grandmother would make me go outside and play. If it was cold outside, I would dress up really warm. You wouldn't dare tell her you were bored, or she would give you chores to do. So, I would stay outside for hours. I had to use my imagination and find ways to cure my boredom. I would make snow forts, slide down hills on a sled and play with animals.
Today, most parents are turning to TV to keep their kids entertained. And why wouldn't they? With shows like Barney, Arthur, and Boohbah, you could easily keep your child glued to TV all day long.
Here's kicker. An average 3-year old should be physically active for about an hour a day. But studies have shown that they are only active for 20 minutes. And we wonder why so many kids are becoming obese!