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Is your child old enough to watch TV?

Is your child old enough to watch TV?

How much TV should your child watch?

Children who watch a lot of television during their early years are at an increased risk of childhood obesity, poor social development and aggressive behavior. They also become passive and lose their natural creativity. Eventually, they will have a hard time keeping themselves busy and will lose valuable time that should be dedicated to play–the foundation of a healthy childhood and the primary way that young children learn.

Avid TV watchers often have trouble adjusting to preschool or kindergarten. According to a study by Yale Family Television Research, teachers characterized children who watched excessive television as less cooperative, less imaginative, less enthusiastic about learning, and less happy than those who watched little or no TV.

When it comes to TV, less is better. Watching television can be addictive and the more a child watches, the more he’ll want to watch. Set a goal, such as no more than 30 to 60 minutes a day, and stick to it.

(According to a recent Nielsen Company study, the average two- to five-year-old spends 4.5 hours a day watching TV or DVDs.)