Infants and Television

I feel like every child in a way is home schooled. We teach our children so many things and are looked upon greatly for wisdom and guidance from them. Last month we had a man come teach one of our Mental Health nursing classes. He talked to us about different ways that infants learn and how important this learning period is for them.

During this stage different functions of their brain are working hard at building a path. It is crucial that they learn all that they can. He explained to us that the most important thing was talking with our children, reading books, and spending time with them. We spend too much time letting technology teach our children.

He talked about how so many of us have ADD. We are always diagnosing ourselves with this disorder. Why is this? He tried explaining the use of television corrupting our reception to learning. I want to be honest, I let my child watch TV…he loves it. However, now I know why. Infants love stimuli. They love to have many different things go on at once; however, is this the best way? Can they be overstimulated? In his opinion, they can. Too much television causes too much stimuli, which in turn can cause ADD. When an infant gets used to this type of environment, they expect this. They have to have the stimuli to feel normal.

He went in detail with different scientific information. However, I do not want to get into all of that. I just wanted to throw this theory out there. I always thought that learning DVD’s would help him learn more! Maybe I was wrong? I believe still that the best thing that we can do for our infants is spend time with them. Get off of the cell phone, facebook, and put everything down and read to them, play with them, talk to them.

Opinions are appreciated on this subject!!!



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