TV is bad for concentration
Did you know that your less brain power while watching TV than what you use when you sleep.
Watching too much TV teaches your brain to be lazy and that is why TV is bad for concentration.
The next time you plug your kid down in front of the TV just to shut him up, think about what you are doing, you are teaching his brain to be lazy (brain dead). Why do you think all off the sudden more than half of today's children suffer from ADHD? It is because the parents teach them to do nothing else than watching TV.
Below are some excerpts from web sites
| Is your kid watching too much TV?
TV has made most children smarter but not necessarily intelligent. For example, they can SMS but they don't know the logic behind it.
Children these days have extremely small attention spans. Since television commercial breaks occur every 12 minutes, research shows that they can't concentrate beyond 12-15 minutes on an average.
One cannot expect the television to shoulder the responsibility as it is a commercial medium and will continue to function as long as the method is effective. The onus lies completely on the parents. If the consumption stops even the production will too.
They find it harder to concentrate or to behave and perform to the best of their ability. It doesn't take much - just half an hour less sleep a night - to have a marked effect on their learning. In class, sleep-deprived kids can drift off into microsleeps, often missing vital lessons. They don't process new information effectively, their memory is impaired and their attention span shortened. If sleep deprivation becomes a regular pattern, kids are more likely to feel isolated and they have a greater risk of being aggressive, argumentative or just plain naughty. When it comes to teenagers, though, things get even more complicated. The latest research suggests that many teenagers actually need as much, if not more sleep, as their younger brothers and sisters. That's because their brain is still developing, especially in the area known as the prefrontal cortex. Now, this is the part responsible for both cognitive skills like updating memory and dealing with emotions. Teenagers are learning to use these thought processes to help them cope with everyday complex life issues - important things like how to control their feelings and behaviour whilst making plans and decisions about school, relationships and their future. If they're not sleeping enough, it can have a disastrous effect on the decisions they make. And even if they're getting their 9 or 10 hours sleep, don't expect them to be bright and shiny in the mornings. With the physical and hormonal changes that take place in adolescence, there can be a natural time shift in sleeping and waking patterns. The body clocks of teenagers may be set forward an hour or two so they tend to stay up later either studying or just being teenagers. So, naturally, they want to sleep in as well.
|Children's ability to concentrate during lessons...
Children's ability to concentrate during lessons is being eroded by TV soundbites, a teachers' leader claimed yesterday.
Youngsters' attention spans are tuned to the fast pace of TV and they struggle to focus when a teacher delivers an in-depth lesson, according to Julian Chapman.
Pupils can become disruptive when denied their usual diet of 'sound and vision bites', he warned.
|Health Effects of Excessive TV Watching by Childern
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
In the 1970s, the late researcher Professor Werner Halperin suggested that the rapid changes of sounds and images on TV may overwhelm the neurological system of a young child and cause attention problems that shows up at a later date.
Around the same period, Dr. Mathew Dumont of the Harvard Medical School suggested that the rapid changes of TV sounds and images may stimulate a child to mimic that dynamic behavior. That is, what we call ADHD may simply result from the child subconsciously copying the frenetic pace of TV programs. We now have a study that brings us solid findings about ADHD.
In April 2004, Dr. Dimitri Christakis and colleagues reported in the journal Pediatrics that early TV viewing (ages 1 and 3 were studied) is associated with attentional problems (ADHD) at a later age (age 7). The children studied watched a mean of 2.2 hours per day at age 1 and 3.6 hours per day at age 3.
|How Tv Affects your child
The first 2 years of life are considered a critical time for brain development. TV and other electronic media can get in the way of exploring, playing, and interacting with parents and others, which encourages learning and healthy physical and social development.
As kids get older, too much screen time can interfere with activities such as being physically active, reading, doing homework, playing with friends, and spending time with family.
|How TV Affects Your Child:
But despite its advantages, too much television can be detrimental:
Children who consistently spend more than 4 hours per day watching TV are more likely to be overweight.
Kids who view violent acts are more likely to show aggressive behavior but also fear that the world is scary and that something bad will happen to them.
TV characters often depict risky behaviors, such as smoking and drinking, and also reinforce gender-role and racial stereotypes.
|Impact of TV on reading.
According to the study, children who have a TV in their bedroom or who live in “heavy” TV households spend significantly more time watching than other children do, and less time reading or playing outside. Those with a TV in their room spend an average of 22 minutes more a day watching TV and videos than other children do. Those living in “heavy” TV households are more likely to watch every day (77% v. 56%), and to watch for longer when they do watch (an average of 34 minutes more a day). They are also less likely to read every day (59% v. 68%), and spend less time reading when they do read (6 minutes less a day). In fact, they are less likely than other children to be able to read at all (34% of children ages 4-6 from “heavy” TV households can read, compared to 56% of other children that age).
“These findings definitely raise a red flag about the impact of TV on children’s reading,” said Vicky Rideout of the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Clearly this needs to be a top priority for future research.”
|Is too much TV bad for pupils' concentration?
Are your children restless and impulsive? Do they have difficulty concentrating on one thing for more than a few minutes? If so, according to new research published in the US, they have been watching too much television and their brains have been wired wrongly at a crucial stage of their development.
A study published in the US journal Pediatrics recommends that no child under two years of age should ever be exposed to television, while children older than two should not watch television for more than two hours a day. The more they watch, the more problems they will experience paying attention at school, and the more likely they are to be "easily confused". Other studies have shown a link between watching television and obesity.
|Negative Effects of Children Watching TV
Academic achievement drops sharply for children who watch more than 10 hours a week of TV, according to the report "Strong Families, Strong Schools," from the U.S. Department of Education, December 1994.
The same report stated that three factors—student absenteeism, a variety of reading material in the home, and excessive TV watching—account for nearly 90% of the difference in the average performance of 8th graders’ mathematics scores.
|Special Issues for Young Children
Because television takes time away from reading and schoolwork it's important to control TV viewing during the school week. Studies show that even one to two hours of daily television viewing by school-aged children has a significant harmful effect on academic performance, especially reading.
Because young children have trouble distinguishing make-believe from reality, parents need to safeguard them from violent or scary TV content. Research shows that children want to be protected from media images that are disturbing or frightening. A 2000 study by Ryerson University asked more than 900 kids, between 2 and 12, if they felt they should be protected from certain kinds of TV shows, Web sites and video games. Over half (64 per cent) said they needed safeguarding, while only 19 per cent said they didn't.
|Study: Too many video games may sap attention span
Parents who believe that playing video games is less harmful to their kids' attention spans than watching TV may want to reconsider -- and unplug the Xbox. Video games can sap a child's attention just as much as the tube, a new study suggests.
Elementary school children who play video games more than two hours a day are 67 percent more likely than their peers who play less to have greater-than-average attention problems, according to the study, which appears in the journal Pediatrics.
Playing video games and watching TV appear to have roughly the same link to attention problems, even though video games are considered a less passive activity, the researchers say.
"Video games aren't less likely than television to be related to attention problems," says the lead author of the study, Edward Swing, a doctoral candidate in the department of psychology at Iowa State University, in Ames. "They were at least as strong as television at predicting attention problems."
|Television and Children
What about TV and aggressive or violent behavior?
Literally thousands of studies since the 1950s have asked whether there is a link between exposure to media violence and violent behavior. All but 18 have answered, "Yes." The evidence from the research is overwhelming. According to the AAP, "Extensive research evidence indicates that media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares, and fear of being harmed."  Watching violent shows is also linked with having less empathy toward others [14a].
An average American child will see 200,000 violent acts and 16,000 murders on TV by age 18 .
Two-thirds of all programming contains violence .
Programs designed for children more often contain violence than adult TV .
Most violent acts go unpunished on TV and are often accompanied by humor. The consequences of human suffering and loss are rarely depicted.
Many shows glamorize violence. TV often promotes violent acts as a fun and effective way to get what you want, without consequences .
Even in G-rated, animated movies and DVDs, violence is common—often as a way for the good characters to solve their problems. Every single U.S. animated feature film produced between 1937 and 1999 contained violence, and the amount of violence with intent to injure has increased over the years .
Even "good guys" beating up "bad guys" gives a message that violence is normal and okay. Many children will try to be like their "good guy" heroes in their play.
Children imitate the violence they see on TV. Children under age eight cannot tell the difference between reality and fantasy, making them more vulnerable to learning from and adopting as reality the violence they see on TV .
Repeated exposure to TV violence makes children less sensitive toward its effects on victims and the human suffering it causes.
A University of Michigan researcher demonstrated that watching violent media can affect willingness to help others in need [20a]. Read about the study here: Comfortably Numb: Desensitizing Effects of Violent Media on Helping Others.
Viewing TV violence reduces inhibitions and leads to more aggressive behavior.
Watching television violence can have long-term effects:
|The Effects of Television on Children
Children will imitate the behaviour of models from television programmes if they see the behaviours as being more rewarding. If the imitated behaviour is further acclaimed by peer groups than re-enforcement will occur and a ‘permanent’ manifestation of behaviour will take place. Howett 1971, with empirical support argued that children who lack older siblings or peers to supply salient models for their behaviour are more likely to adopt the behaviours modelled on television. Experiments have shown that children and adults, as a consequence of watching violent films, are inclined to display more aggressive behaviour.
|The Effects of TV
1. by the age of eleven, lost their ability to question their environment. One cannot ask a television for an answer.
2. By the age of ten, school children usually exhibit changes in speech patterns, as a result of watching TV. Either they become so passive that their verbal expressions are reduced to the minimum, or their speech—especially when describing events—increases in speed and becomes confused.
3. Mythological television characters replace parents, relatives, the Saints, and Christ as role models. A normal American fourteen-year-old girl talks with her mother (in terms of actually discussing a subject in an intelligible way and in a sensible context) only about four minutes a week! Listen to your family's dinner conversations. Can they compete with hours of TV?
|The Effects of Watching TV
However, what most people do not realize is that television can ruin your eyesight, cause lack of concentration and can also inculcate many bad habits, especially in young ones.Most shows shown on the television nowadays involve bright color. According to the media, the brighter the picture, the better it is.....
Lastly, television is one of the main reasons for bad behavior seen in children, especially teenagers. These sudden and intermittent flashes of light are capable of causing serious damage to the eye and can cause temporary blindness and migraine if a person watches television excessively. It allows viewers to immerse themselves in the images shown on screen and imagine being in another world, all in the comfort of their own homes. bursts of color at times of animated violence (in the case of cartoons). This is especially seen in the case of people who normally study in the close vicinity of an operational television set. Therefore, they adopt bad habits and may not be able to control themselves in the future due to their continued exposure to the violence and verbal abuse seen on television.
|The Good and Bad Effects of TV on Children
TV viewing numbs your kid's mind as it prevents your child from exercising initiative, being intellectually challenged, thinking analytically, and using his imagination..
Kids who watch a lot of TV have trouble paying attention to teachers because they are accustomed to the fast-paced visual stimulation on TV. Kids who watch TV more than they talk to their family have a difficult time adjusting from being visual learners to aural learners (learning by listening). They also have shorter attention spans.
School kids who watch too much TV also tend to work less on their homework. When doing homework with TV on the background, kids tend to retain less skill and information. When they lose sleep because of TV, they become less alert during the day, and this results in poor school performance.
|Too Much TV Is Unhealthy For Children
So you have a young baby who doesn’t want to go to sleep but you have a pile of laundry to do, what do you do? Well if you are one of the majorities of American parents, you will fasten them into their chair and put them in front of the Television. You know the sounds and colors will keep them occupied while you tackle the laundry.
This really isn’t something that you should get into the habit of doing on a regular basis. We appreciate how hard it is to get things done around the house when you have a baby but their time on front of the TV should be limited.
If your kids watch hours of television at a young age, they may be suffer from short attention spans in later years. This can badly affect future behavior and the ability to study.
It is the fact that the information from a TV is fed to them that causes their attention spans to be shortened. Watching television is a total no brainer and makes brains lazy. Lazy brains have problems concentrating so hence the problems studying.
A student who can’t concentrate and whose brain is lazy and won’t think for itself are inevitably going to find school a real problem and the chances of gaining even decent grades are greatly diminished. These kids are going to fall further and further behind until they lose interest completely and stop trying altogether.
|Why watching TV won’t turn your baby into a genius
Dr Jack Boyle, a leading child psychologist, says that TV had become ubiquitous for toddlers. “If you take a sample of mothers whose kids are two, 99 per cent of them will watch TV. Does it do them any harm? Probably not. If you’re going to claim that a DVD increases a child’s IQ, you’re barking mad. But if you’re going to claim that TV is bad for a child, you need hard evidence.” ...
In August 2007 the same journal published a study showing that for children aged between 8 and 16 months, exposure to baby DVDs delayed their speech (for toddlers older than 17 months it did not have an effect). For each hour a day spent watching baby DVDs, infants understood on average six to eight fewer words than those who did not watch them. ...
“For every extra year a young person was exposed to TV in his first 15 years, we see a 4 per cent increase in the number of property-crime arrests later in life and a 2 per cent increase in violent-crime arrests,” he writes....
A study commissioned by the Australian government to tackle obesity recommended this month that children under 2 should be banned from watching TV and electronic media such as computer games. It also said those aged 2 to 5 should watch no more than one hour a day, as exposure to TV at an early age could delay language development, affect concentration and lead to obesity. ..
In August last year, France’s broadcasting authority banned the airing of TV shows aimed at children under 3, after French psychologists found that that TV undermines toddlers’ development, encourages restlessness and reduces concentration. Also, 24-hour satellite channels targeting babies are now banned from promoting the benefits of TV for the under-3s, and must issue a warning before shows. ...
All TV advertising aimed at children under the age of 12 has been banned in Sweden since 1991, unless it is being shown so late that children would not be watching. Health professionals have drawn links between this and the low levels of obesity among Swedish children. Some satellite channels have flouted the ban and broadcast from outside Sweden, prompting the Swedes to campaign for a similar ban across the EU. ...
In China, media regulators have banned TV content featuring crime or violence during primetime viewing, in order to encourage a “healthy environment” for children. Foreign programmes that promote Western ideology and politics have also been prohibited, because they are considered to be a bad influence. ...
Advertising junk food during young children’s programmes was banned in Britain in 2007; this was later extended to all those aimed at under-16s. But health campaigners say children are still seeing the ads during adult shows and have called for a total pre-9pm ban on junk food ads. Food manufacturers have also been criticised for using digital media and text messages aimed at young people.