Presentation on theme: "TV and Early Childhood Why we Should Care & What We Can Do."— Presentation transcript:
TV and Early Childhood Why we Should Care & What We Can Do
What we Know: The average American child watches 20 to 30 hours of TV each week. 31% of American preschoolers have a TV in their bedroom. Children who watch more TV as toddlers are more likely to watch TV as older children.
Whats the Recommendation? The American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends: –Television viewing should be limited to 1 to 2 hours of quality programming daily. –Children younger than 2 years old should not watch TV. –Children should not have a TV in the bedroom.
Why should we care about TV? Too much TV watching during the early years has been linked to: –Poor performance in school –Being less able to use imagination –Problems with focusing –Poor skills in judging and planning –Increased violent behavior
Watching TV Can Lead to Poor Food Choices Children see ads for junk foods such as chips and soda. Studies find that children ask for foods they see on TV and then get parents to buy them. Families who watch TV during meals eat less fruits and vegetables. Children snack while they watch TV.
TV Can Replace Physical Activity Preschool children should have at least 60 minutes a day of structured physical activity…..and up to several hours a day of unstructured activity. National Association for Sport and Physical Activity, 2002
Children who watch too much TV are more likely to be overweight. 64% of American adults are overweight or obese, and the numbers are climbing each day. The rate of overweight children is rising even faster than the rate of overweight adults.
What can we do? Help families think about the use of TV in their homes. Alert families to why it is good to set limits on TV watching. Make families aware of how to include physical activity in their daily lives. Think about the best use of TV and other screen time in early childhood programs.
Strategies for Families: Adults can be good role models for children. Limit viewing time at home, school, child care. Keep TV out of children's bedrooms. Focus on small ways to add physical activity daily.
Tips for Early Childhood Educators: Messages Provide messages that make families aware of the TV issue: –Posters in centers –Materials sent home –Classroom discussions
Tips for Early Childhood Educators: Family Education Sessions Facilitated discussions to help families talk about ways to reduce TV watching and plan for being more active – Talking with Families about Television Activity classes with parents and children – Get Moving, Be Active
You can make a difference! IF….. young children: Are more active Choose healthy foods Then… they will be: Healthier Better learners More ready for school and life
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