Toddler and Television


What would happen to a toddler, between two and five, who is addicted to television? Studies believe that those toddlers will continue this habit into his teen years or adulthood, and spend many more hours watching television than playing outside, spending time in the classroom, or having his social life with others.

Being addicted to television has been linked to all of the following, as our toddlers are growing older and bigger:

The couch potato syndrome. Kids not only look like they’re being passive, but they are truly passive, that they even have difficulty moving their bodies away from the television. They will have very slow metabolic rates compared to kids who are more active.

Inadequate and lack of physical and intellectual skill. Being addicted to television will minimize kid’s interest on books, stories, playing outdoors – indoor, drawing, painting, and other social activities, that actually can encourage their intellectual and physical development.

Obesity and high cholesterol level. Kids with no activities, sports, and physical action, who eat only in front of the television, will definitely gain weight into obesity levels. Furthermore, obesity is related to high cholesterol levels, which is also linked into many disease and illness, now and then.

Bad influence from television program. Television programs that are not suitable for children will give bad influences, such as violence behaviors, illogical fear, and sometime lack of values. At their age, children will easily absorb everything they saw and heard. 

Less effective coping skill. Children whose parents use television to avoid their toddler get cranky, upset and bored, may grow up unable to deal with the normal ebbs and flows of life. The children will tend to find an easy solution (right or wrong) for their problems.

Less imagination and creativity. Compared to reading, drawing, sponge brushing, painting and other activities that let toddlers explore their imagination, watching television explain the whole idea passively to the audience, it paints the whole picture and leaves nothing to the imagination. 

Week independent play skills. Children who watch a lot of TV often can’t entertain themselves and certainly aren’t motivated to do so. Even heavy viewers don’t want to put effort into free play that requires thought and imagination.

Weaker family and social ties. Families that watch TV day in and day out may gradually drift apart. With everyone in a TV trance so much of the time, their is often little interaction, little sharing of ideas, feelings and values.