Is it safe to watch too much of television in the age of 17 months

Mehvash - posted on 02/15/2014 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My baby watch television when he wake till he go to bed

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Gena - posted on 02/15/2014

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Switch the tv off and play with your child.Watching tv from morning to evening is not good!

Ev - posted on 02/15/2014

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I have to agree with these ladies. It sounds from your other posts that you are looking for us to agree with allowing him to chose everything and so you do not feel guilty for it. Also, being a parent means that you have to set boundaries even this young. If you wait until the child is older, then setting boundaries is not going to work as well since he or she has gotten away with so much already. When they get to be teens, then they will walk all over you even more so to the point that you just do not fight it. You want to set up the channels for correct behavior now when little. And YES they do understand. He is testing you too. Besides that, studies do show that children exposed to too much TV at this age do not make those connections in their brains that are needed for development at this age. It becomes a different set of connections and they then depend on the TV or other sorts of media or technology to help them form other things in their lives....so do play with the child!

Gena - posted on 02/15/2014

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Are you the adult or is he?YOU are the adult,dont let your young child boss you around.He can eat at the table,and you just switch the tv off and if he wants to throw a tantrem thet let him cry,DONT switch the tv on and let him get his way.He must learn to eat at the table without Tv and also start playing together,or go out for walks,sorry but its really not a good parenting method to let your child sit & eat infront of the tv the whole day.

Michelle - posted on 02/15/2014

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I agree with Gena, YOU can switch the TV off and spend time with your child.

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Seema - posted on 02/17/2014

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No its not safe for children towatch tv all the time.they will become Lazy n fatty.

Ev - posted on 02/16/2014

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Sinead--A little bit of TV is okay now and again. And those shows have also been studied and they do not really teach the kids a lot of things. Studies do show that those in the under two year old set do not gain much from it. All it is to them is a bunch of moving images, sounds, and music. All those videos aimed at kids like the Baby Einstein and such have been proven to be more of a hinderance than a help. If over two years old and more like three they might get something out of it. I am going to school right now in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. And this is where I have learned these about those studies. The neurons that are building in a child's brain between birth and five make a certain sort of connections under normal development. Toss the TV in there and videos or whatever media is to be used with a child of this age range and the neurons make different connections and then the child seems to depend on the technology more than one to one contact. As you said, you do a bit of TV with lots of things that make one on one time possible. And that is what the aim is here besides the fact this mom is thinking we will tell her its okay to back down from making her child learn that when she says no she means it.

Michelle - posted on 02/16/2014

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Yep, like you have been told. YOU are the parent and YOU make the rules and enforce them. He's 17 months!!!!!! What are you going to when he's 17 years and towers over you?!?!?!?!?!
YOU need to stand by the rules now and don't back down. Just because he cries when he doesn't get what he wants doesn't mean you back down.
If you don't step up now he will walk all over you from around 12 years, possibly younger. Step up and be the parent now.

Sinead - posted on 02/16/2014

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Hi.
Yes it is safe. Children's television programmes are all aimed at helping and encouraging children to learn. A bit of TV a day is no harm, my daughter loves it. but I also combine lots of other activities, reading with her, colouring playing toys etc. But TV is in no way bad!

Ev - posted on 02/15/2014

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That as well. But I find that a lot of people seem to ask questions like this to make like its alright to do this with their kids or to relieve themselves of guilt. And then also to be afraid to parent.

Gena - posted on 02/15/2014

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The question she asked is already the answer, is "too much" tv safe.So actualy she already knows that its "too much".

Ev - posted on 02/15/2014

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And with questions like this one, it seems its about asking to make sure that the parent is either doing the right thing or wanting what they are doing to be the right thing when its not. The parent also wants the rest of us who do not do this to make it acceptable. Some parents are also afraid to parent.

Mehvash - posted on 02/15/2014

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Even he don't eat anything... and eat only when I switch on the television...

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