So,we’ve subscribe cartoons channels for our Mia. Not too early (or late) eh?. Well, we felt rather it is time to expose her to some educational cartoons, like little eistein etc. One of her 1st birthday gifts was, two Pocoyo vcds (frm her aunt aliaa).I’ve come across with these kinda cds before, but didn’t gave a thought that she would actually enjoyed watching it.Jumping and yelping away when i put it on.
You see, before she was born, again,as a first time overly excited mother, i bought a baby einstein dvd. read reviews here and there, and i truly believe it ‘could’ at less soothe my baby, entertain her, and get her engage to watch it. But little did i know, not all babies are the same, and Mia didn’t enjoy much as thought she would.kejap-kejap aje she would watch it, and simply ignored it few minutes later.
Anyhow, just as i was about to update this post, i came across with an interesting article, regarding about the same topic as im posting here. A review from a new book, by Lisa Guernsey, on the topic, Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children from Birth to Age Five, who did a research on young children watching tv.
One of the most intesting parts of the Salon interview is about the effects that background noise from tv and radio can have on young children. Guernsey cites a study which found that infants and toddlers have a very difficult time sorting out spoken language in the home when its competing with background noise. Background noise also may affect the way in which children interact with their toys and the amount of interaction parents have with children.
Guernsey weighs in on the “educational” programming controversy and mentions some shows she thinks draw on solid research about how kids learn (like Blues Clues). She also looks at the link between tv watching and obesity and you may be surprised by the findings.
What most interests us about the book is that Guernsey writes as both a reporter and mother. She’s not out to judge and she’s open and frank about the role television plays in her own household – and how it’s changed as a result of her research.
Guernsey comes off as neither an opponent of kids under 5 watching videos — her own did, and still do — nor as an apologist for the much-hyped educational claims of many baby videos and interactive games. Notably, she finds as much for parents to be concerned about in background television (when a TV is just left turned on for hours on end even if no one is watching it) as anything that’s explicitly made for young kids
My oppinion in this issues,is that… anything we do, do it in moderation.No doubt, too much exposure to tv (or video games) at a very young age is not something we would want our kid to get so engross with, and become the ‘little couch potato’. The key here is moderation.
For me, it is nothing wrong to let kids watch tv, there’s plenty of good educational shows shown for kids thesedays. Sesame Streets is consider one of the oldest great shows for kids,imo. But of course, i reminded this to myself aswell, do not rely on tv so much (e.g to buy time-like take showers,housechores), do teach her to learn to entertain herself as well with books or toys.