Awareness amongst youngsters about the ways of the world via technology is necessary. However, over-awareness is unnecessary. The Singapore’s child care centre has unearthed this very disturbing phenomenon by Singaporean Children. TV is indeed the proverbial ‘idiot box’.
Age of Information
In this age of information, technology has become absolutely indispensible. So deep is the impact on an individual’s routine life, that one feels powerless and vulnerable without technology. One of the most pertinent tools of disbursement of information is TV. While TV can be viewed as a source of education and leisure for youngsters, an excess of it is needless and should be prevented. The effects and aftermath of excessive TV viewing is indeed a vicious cycle, as will be explained below.
Impact on Children
Children have impressionable minds. Therefore, it is necessary for a parent to ensure that the child is getting the right amount of information suited for his or her age. It is also important to ensure that the information is being imparted through proper and trusted sources.
The Singapore’s Child Care Centre has documented the drastic effects of viewing too much TV in children and young adults, some of which are listed at http://www.ourjuniors.com.sg/curriculum/playgroup-pre-nursery-curriculum/:
Viewing excess TV will eventually makes the child physically inactive and lethargic. At a young age, it is important that the child have ample exercise and exposure to sunlight for building a strong immune system. Lethargy is like an evil best friend that will fasten itself to your child even as he/she becomes an adult, making it all the more paramount to nip it in the bud. Looking further, lethargy may lead to obesity, which in turn is the harbinger of dreaded diseases that might afflict your child from a young age. Apart from obesity, the child might suffer from myopia, bad posture development and other physical ailments.
On a psychological level, TV sets a lot of unrealistic expectations in the mind of a child, as TV shows are incorrect depictions of real life situations. It affects the behaviour and has the tendency to alter the personality of the child. It has often been noticed that children who watch too much TV grow into adults who have low confidence, display erratic and/or violent behaviour. TV should remain a tool for amusement and not an avenue that could potentially harm the child.