Allowing our children to have television in the room is giving them autonomy over what to watch, when to watch it and for how long, it is having them entertained in their living space. Is it a good idea to have a television in the nursery?
A common denominator in homes today is having more than one television at home. It is curious, but even those where economic resources barely allow to cover basic needs, do not think twice and make use of credit cards, discounts and months without interest to acquire the popular device. It would almost seem that in this new millennium it is almost mandatory to have a screen in the living room, preferably a very large one, and one more television in each room, or at least in the children’s room, because that way we can not only keep them quiet and away In what parents we dedicate ourselves to something else, but, in addition, we leave physical evidence that we give our children everything.
However, something that we lose sight of is that allowing them to have television in the room is giving them autonomy over what to watch, when to watch it and for how long, which will ultimately cause them and not us to literally have control in your hands. How recommendable is this? Let us use our common sense and together assess the consequences of this seemingly harmless act:
Lack of parental supervision. That time out of the sight of mom and dad means that the little ones are in no man’s land. It is a time when there is no one to supervise them, but there is someone who instructs or controls them. Thus, it may be early morning and they are watching television while the parents sleep carefree in the next room. This phenomenon, more and more frequent, leads to less rest and severe attention problems at school.
Sedentrism. When our little ones spend hours in their room in front of the television, they stop spending time outdoors, and with this they stop receiving sunlight that is well known helps the body to synthesize vitamin D, responsible for making them bones assimilate the necessary calcium.
Lack of socialization Besides that it is time that they do not spend in the company of family and friends so they miss the opportunity to create memories in common, to socialize, to integrate.
Obesity. Spending too much time sitting encourages sedentary behaviors that lead to overweight, which in turn can lead to serious health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, or simply low self-esteem.
Family disintegration. Limit conversations, since there is little they can talk about since there is no shared time, since each one has different information that eventually distances one from the other. It is good to remember that technology generally isolates, and to stop using it, it unites us with families, friends, colleagues.
It is not about demonizing television, and less in current times where the lack of time makes it impossible for parents to take their children away from home, where green spaces are less and less and where insecurity discourages anyone from sending children outside the safe walls of the home. Rather, it is about NOT creating a vacuum of authority and taking advantage of that stage in which as parents we still have some power over our children, so that we instill behaviors that ensure that our children will have the ability to make versatile use of their time.
In addition to the fact that if today’s life forces us to have children spend more and more time indoors, the best thing we can do as parents is to make television our ally, using it to do things together instead of being the perfect excuse to put distance. That is why, if you allow me to venture to give advice, it would be that we do not allow, especially at that stage when you are discovering the world, that you educate yourself. Let’s make sure that the information that reaches them is useful information, that it provides them with appropriate knowledge for each stage of their life and that allows them to realize that the control is ours.