Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tom & Jerry - Should we limit TV viewing time for kids?

Tom and Jerry has ever been my favorite Cartoon and I am sure many children love to watch this show. Cartoon Network has been telecasting amazing shows and I just glue to watch Tom & Jerry as I roll over my remote. Here's the Game you will like to play - Be a Tom or a Jerry - Both make a perfect Team! And here's the Cartoon Network India site and you can log in to start Blogging on your favorite characters of Just Toons.

Well, The gadget that children use earliest is the television. They start flipping channels at an average of 3.8 years old. Than, Personal computers and video games are next, at 5.5 and 6.1 years old and finally, Portable media players and cell phones come before age 10.

Parents are always concerned as Kids keep glued to their cartoon network channels and often complain of their disobedience. In countless homes and classrooms, we see children with more impulsive behaviors, less willing and able to persevere through challenging mental tasks, hyperactive, reactive, with little or no impulse control. Research confirms that children who watch TV or play video games for more than two hours daily will most likely exhibit one or more of these characteristics. What can we do? Limit viewing hours? Temptation to fill leisure hours with TV viewing be avoided? Don't occupy child's mind with lot of education stuff that leads to boredom? Think! There must be sure fire way to lessen the TV viewing hours! E-mail me your views!

Meanwhile, here's Kids News column and the good news for parents is that two major TV channels will encourage children for Outdoor Playing and 'Talk Aloud' about their favorite characters. Now, this is a nice initiative, isn't it? Enjoy!

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for kids

1 comment:

Duncan Faber said...

We weened our kids off tv with audiobooks. They might not be as good as reading, but they're way more engaging than TV. There's lots of sites to download them, but we use one site in particular because the stories are all original and free. Here's the link, if anyone is interested.