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Many parents wonder: how much time can my child spend in front of television? According to the latest studies carried out, Spanish children between 4 and 12 years old spend an average of 2 hours and 30 minutes a day, while American children spend between 3 and 4 hours. However, experts tell us that Ideally, the exposure time should not exceed 60 minutes per day.
As for the genre preferred by children, cartoons are still preferred by the little ones. They represent 60 percent of the programs in the 'top 20' audience, although in recent years non-animated series are gaining a niche.
Currently, there are channels dedicated exclusively to the children's programming with series for breakfast before going to school, for a snack ... and even to spend the morning when the child is ill at home or the afternoon when he does not have homework.
To prevent children from spending too many hours in front of the television, parents must select specific programs for them, that are appropriate to their level of development. And, above all, it is advisable to establish certain periods of time in which the television must be turned off.
Thus, hours of study, which require a level of concentration and must be dedicated to learning, are not to sit in front of the TV while trying to do homework. The same should happen with meal times, which are to talk with other members of the family and not to watch television.
But, if what we want is for them to be responsible for the time and content they see on television, we can also teach them to use television programming in a healthy and positive way. How?
- Watching the shows with them
- Talking about the positive values mentioned
- Noting them the positive behavior of the characters
- Rejecting the negative as violence
- Making comparisons with real events or places they have visited
- Being critical of the role of advertising and its influence on purchases.
Oh, and don't forget that it is best to lead by example.
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