Television, once touted as “the ideal babysitter,” often gets a bad name from parents and healthcare professionals alike due to the fact that so much of what’s on TV can be corruptive to kids. From overly violent programs to excessive commercials, there’s a lot going on inside the world of the TV that may cause parents demand that kids turn it off.
While too much TV certainly is not healthy, as it causes kids to remain inactive while they watch, studies show that when it comes to kids’ television programs, sometimes, “turn the channel” may be a better solution than “turn it off.” Some shows certainly do prove damaging to children’s minds, but when the right program is selected for the proper age group, healthy TV shows can boost kids’ vocabulary, problem-solving skills, and even reduce anger and aggressive behavior. Kids who tune into positive shows, like Sesame Street, demonstrate not only heightened academic capabilities when they enter into school, but also better people skills and positive conflict resolution.
The following infographic from Onlinecollegecourses.com takes a look at how better TV can help grow young ones into better kids, and why the right TV shows, in moderation, can make all the difference.
Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.