Someone recently asked me why we are trying to limit Izzy’s exposure to television. I wanted to share my reasoning behind this decision. Growing up my family never watched much TV. At one point, we only had basic cable because my mom disliked television so much. I remember her saying “you can get a TV in your room when we (my parents) get one in our room.” Well we all knew this was never going to happen so we eventually give up the argument.
Now that I am an adult I am so grateful for this value passed on to me by my parents! I loved playing dress up, library, teacher, etc. growing up with my sister and I am so thankful for these wonderful memories and experiences.
I know this can be a controversial topic and by no means am I trying to tell other mothers/parents what to do. As I said before I enjoy researching topics that interest me and sharing what I find with my friends. Ultimately it is an individual choice and what works for one family may not work for another.
Information: Children’s Exposure to Television
- Check out this policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics – Essentially they discourage media use for children under 2 years of age and they believe unstructured play is more valuable for brain development.
- PBS also has an article about this topic on their website.
- Lastly, here is an article I found interesting about the issues and effects of TV in early childhood.
I understand we can’t always protect Izzy and one day she will watch TV. But in the mean time we try to encourage play and interaction as much as possible. When that fails we reach for Izzy’s favorite toys! Again, this decision is up to individual families, but I wanted to share the reasoning behind our personal decision.
What are your thoughts on television exposure?
- Council On Communications and Media. “Media Use by Children Younger Than 2 Years.” Pediatrics, 2011-1753 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-1753
- Kamaruzaman, Jusoff, and Nurul Nadiah Sahimi. “Television and Media Literacy in Young Children: Issues and Effects in Early Childhood.” International Education Studies 2.3 (2009): 151-57.