The myths are many and really only one: to the extent that you are aware of what your child sees on television, you may find a great ally in your training and you achieve it through not only space for recreation, but also an opportunity to live and raise the fun part of you that will facilitate communication with him.
Guillermina Baena Paz, academic of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), explained that any type of entertainment technology is harmful, provided there is a close eye on what children see and accustom time spent on this: “it is normal that small pass in front of the TV two hours at most, either daily or three times a week is a reasonable time not causing harm, when it is exceeded then the conditions change and we can refer to an addiction to television.”
The key to making this functional means of entertainment, advises the specialist, you designate a short time for your child to watch TV, try to be a time when you can be at your side, to monitor what you see. Remember that a high percentage of what you learn is through you, so be careful on the type of program that will have their first contact, ensures that educational, that will leave a positive message about some aspect of life and learning, for therein lies the value of a television program.
“It is also important that parents do not see this device in a ‘nanny’ who can keep their children quiet. They should ensure that this time becomes quality time, dialogue and rapprochement with the child. For example, parents can comment on the content of the program, what was the part you liked and make a comment, in the end only to reinforce the message of love can say ‘I really enjoyed this moment with you, it was fun and learned a lot’ This will strengthen self-esteem in children, will make you feel safe and give you a different perception of this type of entertainment, “said Dr. Guillermina Baeza.
Technology does not have to be an enemy, but a channel to help you introduce your little knowledge and raise concern for learning, but to achieve this goal you must remember that the most important pillar and firm in their education is you, so it is imperative that you take love, time and effort to their training.
What you should not forget
- Television should not be a substitute for your presence, or the game, or physical activity.
- Set a time to watch TV and do respect.
- Take care that the content of the programs go according to the age of your child. Avoid programs with a heavy dose of violence and bad words (even if they are cartoons)
- Find coloring books, reading, puzzles or board games, the favorite of your child, are other forms of entertainment to help you learn.
- Timeshares television with your child and be a propitious occasion to communicate.