Parents always worry about the ill effects of T.V. on the impressionable minds of their children. There is always a rift between parents and children where latter demand for more T.V. time and complain of the restrictions. But the question is – Is T.V. actually a boon or a bane? The answer is obvious – it’s a bane provided it is within limits. It is here where parents need to act with maturity.
Don’t worry, be relaxed: T.V. is a very important and effective source of entertainment and knowledge. Besides giving some moments of happiness and fun, T.V. also makes your child aware and smart about the world he is living in. So, don’t fret if your child indulges in healthy T.V. watching.
Guide him about the kind of programmes: Don’t impose regulations on your child saying ‘Don’t watch this’. It’ll only rouse his curiosity. Sometimes exposure is healthy to make the child understand the nitty-gritty of growing up. At the same time be firm when the programme is not suitable for his age or is full of violence for it can make him aggressive or even develop phobias.
Let him not miss all the fun of growing up: Over indulgence in T.V. leaves the child with no time or inclination to do anything else like going out to play with friends or read books or get engaged in some crea-tive activity. In absence of social interaction, children tend to develop introvert personalities. Show him other alternatives of fun like take him to the park where he can play on swings; help to form a group of friends. A hobby class of music, dance or painting can channelize his energy in just the right direction.
Maintain a balance between entertainment and information: Where your child loves to watch Cartoon Net-work or Disney Channel, make sure you steer him towards programmes which enhance his knowledge like National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, quiz programmes etc.
Be a role model: You just cannot expect your child to go out and play with his toys while you are hooked to family dramas on T.V. Control your own T.V. time to set an example for your child. Maintain a discipline in the house. Don’t get over-strict during exams or too lenient during holidays. At night get together to play games or go for walk. I am sure T.V. will be last thing on your child’s mind.