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Today, in the society in which we live, the use of technology has become essential. Computers, smartphones, tablets, consoles, television ... All of them are electronic devices that are very accessible to children from an early age and will influence their learning and development. Our question is ... Will the use of these devices be bad for the health and learning of the little ones? Or, instead, will it be good for your cognitive and social development? Answering these questions is key to deciding whether to put a television in the children's room is a good idea.
If we focus on the use of TV, its use in itself will be neither good nor bad. Its effect on the development of the child in the different learning areas will depend on factors such as: the time the child spends in front of the television or the type of content that the child can see. We analyze it step by step.
The room in which the child sleeps will be the first place they feel like their own. That is why, as it grows, it wants to be part of the decisions that are made when configuring 'its' space. There are aspects in which your opinion will be positive, for example, the choice of the color of the walls, the posters that hang from them, the type of bed in which you will sleep, the desk that you will use to study, etc. On the other hand, another more controversial aspect will be if you ask to have some type of electronic device. In this case, the last word will be the adults, because if it were for many children, they would set up a NASA checkpoint in their room.
Most of the little ones, the first thing they ask for is to have a television, then the consoles, the computer and, when they are older, if there are no limitations even a refrigerator. Well, there are proven studies that warn that Having your own television in the bedroom can cause serious health problems for children.
The average number of hours a child spends in front of the television in Spain is 2 hours and 44 minutes a day. This figure will grow exponentially if the child has a television in his room, since we are facilitating your unlimited access.
This can happen. Many families think that letting their child have a television in their room will not create any problems as long as they control the contents. But there is a problem and it is that in this way television is being given a function for which it is not intended: be the babysitter for the children while the parents do 'their thing'.
Therefore, the use of the television in the room itself can produce various negative consequences in children such as:
1. Isolation of the child and with it the breakdown of family communication.
2. Can produce sleep disturbances. Many parents use television in the child's room as a resource for the little one to go to bed without question. This will make the child sleep worse.
3. May cause poor school performance. Also associated with sleep problems caused by sleeping using the TV in the background.
4. Problems in social relationships. The time that children spend watching television is time that they do not use to do other healthier activities with adults or their peers and that allow them to acquire skills to relate, such as: doing sports, playing in the park, taking walks with the family, go to the theater, etc.
5. Being a sedentary activity produces obesity and overweight problems that are negative for the physical health of the child.
6. Watch TV continuously can affect the immune systemas studies have shown that continued exposure appears to inhibit melatonin production. This hormone regulates the biological clock and if it is affected it makes us more likely to get sick.
7. Other diseases that can occur are: myopia or even type 1 diabetes. Continued use of TV can cause anxiety and stress.
The time children spend in front of the television is important, but so is control the type of content they see. As happened over time, if the child has a television in his room, it will also be difficult to control the content they 'consume'.
How they can affect the type of programs children watch on television is closely related to your ability to understand what is happening inside the screen. This competence develops progressively during its evolution and improves thanks to experience. For this reason it is important that parents regulate the content.
When the television is used in 'kangaroo mode' due to lack of parental time or simple ignorance, it is difficult to control the programs children watch. And not all are suitable for them. In fact, in Spain there are almost no programs designed for children; even the drawings are for adults.
Therefore, if the television is in the children's room, it will be even more difficult for adults to control all the content they watch. This fact can produce in children the inability to distinguish fiction from reality, children being psychologically affected by violent scenes or terror.
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