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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old not watch any TV and that those older than 2 watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming.
The first 2 years of life are considered a critical time for brain development. TV and other electronic media can get in the way of exploring, playing, and interacting with parents and others, which encourages learning and healthy physical and social development.
Active parenting can ensure that children have a positive experience with television. Here's a list of suggestion provided by American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry on how parents can help by:
- Viewing programs with your children
- Selecting developmentally appropriate shows
- Placing limits on the amount of television viewing (per day and per week)
- Turning off the TV during family meals and study time
- Turning off shows you don't feel are appropriate for your child
As I believe in the phrase that "a mother knows what the best for her child"; I still let Nazhan watch Pororo and Pocoyo alternately with his ABC and flashcards learning program. Not that I want to act smart (tunjuk pandai) and ignore his teacher's advice, but then I'm sure after you see this video of Nazhan; you guys will probably agree with me that watching Pororo is not that bad to Nazhan's brain development.
=- Nazhan and Pororo Music Band -=
=- Nazhan (keyboard) with his band --> Pororo(guitar), Crong (trumpet), Harry (singer), Petty (violin), Loopy (piano), Poby(drum) and Eddy (xylophone) -=
=- like my Korean hairstyle? -=
I believe that Nazhan learns a lot from watching TV/DVD such as :-
• upgrade his gross motor skills by bowing and headbanging his head
• learn new words e.g: "start", "now" and etc
• thinking skills as he can relate to the actions he saw in the TV/DVD and imitate the actions perfectly on time
According to Brigid Finucane, an Early Childhood Music Instructor at the Merit School of Music in Chicago;
→"Formal music instruction requires focus, discipline and determination – excellent qualities which are often transferred into other areas of the student's life,”
→ “Beat and rhythms are key components in music. Children who can maintain a steady beat have a greater fluency in their reading".
→ "The music we sing provides vocabulary enrichment, teaches tenses and plurals, uses poetic language, allows visualization, and encourages good pronunciation.
I guess we have to start saving some money for Nazhan's music education as I know it is quiet expensive. Kalau mahal sangat, eh tak payah lah mommy over sangat berangan nak hantar Nazhan kat music school kot kui3x.
What about other parents out there?. What is your opinion about the idea of "no TV for children below 2 years old" ?. Kindly shared your opinion with me, thanks in advanced!.