TV is Not Good for Babies' Brain

Dec 25, 2007

According to the latest research television has no positive impact on children's brain development.

A study published in German magazine for doctors shows that television and DVD designed for children do more harm than good to the development of child's brain. Babies, who watch television cannot process all the changing images and sounds they see and hear, Professor Manfred Spitzer of Ulm said.

Researchers say that harm is greater when television learning substitutes grown-up and siblings reading. In one experiment, babies aged 9 to 12 months old were listening to grown-up reading them in Chinese, while the other group watched the same stories on television. The results showed that children who were read Chinese, could recognize Chinese sounds in two months, while those who watched television stories did not managed to learn anything.

Another research showed that in families where children were read to quite often, the vocabulary of a child was richer and children knew 8 percent more words than average. Otherwise, children who watched baby TV or DVD showed 20 percent lower results.

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Jan 26, 2009 01:05 AM » posted by: rick
now im at odds to let my 7month old watch baby genius. she loved the music and all, but now i dont want to harm her learning..it seemed to help calming her down sometimes but with other parts got her moving. 1/2 an hour every second day. is this too much?

Jan 03, 2009 01:11 AM » posted by: Kris
Do you watch TV? Do you think you watch too much TV? Watching TV affects many children across the country. TV is a fine source of facts and entertainment, but many people in America watch overly excessive amounts of it. Many experts say that watching too much television has a connection to violence, obesity, and perilous behaviors. And many people that are not experts and experts say watching non-educational channels are a big waste of time.
The first reason that TV should be watched less is because it wastes time. Do you sometimes get distracted when TV is on? Well I do. A study by Daniel Anderson at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst shows that even if you have a non-understandable TV show on (For children any age) many children still just glance at it momentarily. It wastes little time in even 30 minutes (90 seconds), but if you look at it per day, week, month, and year it really adds up. They waste hours and hours of playtime or whatever else. Say it was that someone watched TV for an hour instead of studying an hour for a test, every day. That would definitely lower their grades and WATSE THEIR TIME.
Secondly, I have noticed that lots of kids have TVs in their own room. That is just bad if there is no limit for the box of electricity. I know someone who has a TV in their room, but his parents can turn it off whenever. One study recorded grades from boys that have TVs and ones that didn’t. It turned out that the kids with TVs had a 2.6 grade and kids without had 2.9 grade (2.0 = C and 3.0 = B). “Too much television reduces children’s capacity to learn,” stated in the current issue of Forschung and Lehre. This means if anyone watches too much TV then they can’t learn as much as the other kids. If everyone had a TV in their room and watched it too much, then some people might start failing school. If the whole school does badly on the ELA state test, then the state will have to close down the school. We don’t want that to happen.
Another reason is that TV raises the risk of obesity. Did you know a study published in the April 2006 issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine showed that children may eat an extra 167 calories for every hour of television they watched? That means that if you are watching 2-3 hours of television a day you are gaining an extra 334-501 calories a day. It would be better just to spend those hours losing weight instead gaining it.

Mar 12, 2008 12:41 AM » posted by: sue
is watching television harmful to everyones brain?

Mar 12, 2008 12:40 AM » posted by: anna
what about older children?

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