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