On the other hand, what applies to background irrigation unfolds its destructive effect a fortiori, when infants directly consume electronic media: according to the AAP, under-two-year-olds per working hour per TV hour lose nine percent of their time to engage in "unstructured games" ,
At the weekend it is even eleven percent. Therefore, the paediatricians make very pragmatic suggestions: For example, the offspring on the kitchen floor cups intertwined when parents prepare a meal.
Gamification instead of Glotze
This is already a "useful time to play", instead of just sitting in front of the telly the same time. Because: "The unstructured game is more valuable for brain development than any form of using electronic media," said the AAP.
It is not necessary that the adults always actively deal with the children. The main thing is that they can play in their parents' environment. Even though children are only four months old, "playing alone" gives them the opportunity to "think creatively, solve problems and accomplish tasks without parents intervening."
Telly interferes with speech development and sleep behavior
In addition, parents should not disregard: Under two-year-old have short-term significant deficits in language development when they watch many videos or programs on television. The consequences for under-year-olds, who watch a lot of television on their own, are also dramatic. For them, there is a significantly higher likelihood of delayed language development. "Even if the long-term effects are unknown, the short-term effects give cause for concern," said the paediatricians.
Another interesting point is the AAP for discussion: The sleep behavior. In America, 19 percent of parents think it makes sense to put a TV set in their bedroom for one-year-old children. 29 percent of children between the ages of two and three have their own TV. And 30 percent of parents report that watching TV helps children fall asleep.
Why the TV rather bother than use
These surprising figures are presented by the pediatricians:
"Although parents see television as a comforting sleep aid, some shows have negative consequences: children are more resistant to going to bed, the time to fall asleep is delayed, fears of falling asleep, and the duration of sleep is reduced."
Especially in children under the age of three, the sleep pattern gets mixed up through television, which has a negative effect on mood, behavior and ability to learn. Although there is more to research on this issue, the paediatricians say, but even now there are "sufficient grounds for concern".
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