Effects of Television and Electronics on Social & Emotional Development

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Effects of Television and Electronics on Social & Emotional Development

What do experts say about the issue?~Studies have shown that excessive media use can lead to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity. ~ Due to the fact that a child's brain develops rapidly during the first years of life, television and other electronics should be avoided for infants and children under the age of 2.

Children's Literature on Issue:Be Quiet, Marina by Kirsten DeBearThe Kissing Hand by Audrey PennAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith ViorstWhen Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry by Molly BangKoala Lou by Mem FoxBig Al by Andrew ClementsGlad Monster Sad Monster by Ed Emberley & Anne MirandaHands Are Not for Hitting by Martine AgassiOn Monday When It Rained by Cherryl KachenmeisterRainbow Fish by Marcus PfisterAbiyoyo by Pete SeegerNo Matter What by Debi Gliori

Suggestions and Helpful Tips For Parents: ~Be a good example by limiting your own use of electronic media~Discuss with your children what kinds of games they are playing, and what kind of electronics they are using.~Monitor your child's daily media intake, this including: video games, television, movies, and the internet. ~The AAP also recommends: ~ "Screen-free zones", where elecrontics are prohibited from bedrooms and during family times, such as dinner.~Children should also experience no more than one or two hours of electronic use per day.

Statistics - About 9 out of 10 kids on average watch television- Families usually have more than two TV's- Most children watch TV alone without supervision- “A US study has found 4 out of 10 babies are regular TV viewers by 3 months and 90% regularly watch TV, DVDs or videos by the time they are two.” (Herald Sun)- “Developmental pediatrician Dr John Wray says that evidence showed a loud TV in the background could delay young children’s language development. He supports a call for TV to be banned founder 3 year olds.” (Herald Sun 1/5/07)- It is estimated by 18 years old a child may have seen over 15,000 murders and over 190,000 violent activities  - The intake of substances in children has a connection with the shows and ads on television- A study done by Deakin University credits TV as one of the ways that puts children at a higher chance of being overweight .

Television and electronics are affecting children negatively on the daily!

How this issue relates to a child's health:- Alcohol, drugs and other substances could become a part of life or seem enticing - Children can become overweight or obese from not enough outdoor play- Low self image - Eating disorders can develop due to the portraying images seen

How TV can affect social and emotional development- Learn inappropriate language- Differentiating right and wrong can be difficult- Can act with violence and anger from what it seen or heard- Without social experiences, social settings can become awkward- Suicude

Book Resources for Adults:1. Media and the American Child by by George A. Comstock, Erica Scharrer 2. Mind and Media : The Effects of Television, Video Games, and Computers by Patricia Greenfield3. Children, Adolescents, and the Media, An Issue of Pediatric Clinics by Victor C. Strasburger4. Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents : Theory, Research, and Public Policy: Theory, Research, and Public Policy by Craig A. Anderson

Resources:http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Electronic_Media/http://www.ozchild.org.au/userfiles/docs/ozchild/research-papers/ImpactOfElectronicMedia.pdfhttp://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112810383/child-social-development-no-affect-too-much-tv-032613/http://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/meetings/2006/electronicmediaconf/Pages/execsummary.aspxhttp://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/pages/media-and-children.aspx http://www.pamf.org/children/common/behavioral/electronics.html

Effects of Television and Electronics on Social & Emotional Development by: Stephanie Hodges, Abigail Hanson, Samantha Perry, Jaimie Wasserman, & Taran Haecherl


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