Monday, May 05, 2008

Turn off the TV

I am alarmed, at times, at the amount of time parents allow their young children to spend watching television. The ability to sit in front of a TV for hours on end is not a good indication of your child's attention span. In fact, too much TV can lead to attention problems as well as childhood obesity. In addition to this, there is also a link between TV watching and future bullying, according to the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The statement released in April stated, " (O)ur findings suggest some steps that can be taken with children to potentially help prevent bullying. Maximizing cognitive stimulation and limiting television watching in the early years of development might reduce children's subsequent risk of becoming bullies." I wonder what wonderful Kindermusik activities you could use to maximize that cognitive stimulation? :-) You can read the full article here.

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