Does Your Baby Have A TV?
from the start-'em-young dept
A new study has come out, saying that kids at a younger and younger age are spending an increasing amount of time with screen-based technologies such as computers or televisions. In fact, approximately 25% of children under the age of two have television sets in their bedrooms. One thing that is suffering is book reading. Of course, some of the computer work could also be reading, but the study seems to assume that isn't the case. The researchers are particularly upset about the number of kids under the age of 2 who are watching TV, suggesting that it might not be healthy for kids so young to spend so much time watching TV. "They should be spending time with siblings, with parents, with mud." according to one of the researchers. Who knew mud had such educational value? If this study had only been around when I was 2 years old, maybe I wouldn't have gotten in so much trouble: "Look, mom, sure I'm covered in mud, but at least I'm not watching TV." The researchers also had issues with the plethora of "educational" TV shows and software products - many of which are more designed to turn children into consumers than to educate them.