Noong baby pa ang daughter ko, my wife and I both believe "No TV until the age of 3"
Todo effort kami noon na huwag i-expose ang baby namin sa kahit anong visual electronic media. Iniwasan namin manood sa TV, DVD o kahit sa computer.
Tutok kami kay baby hangga't kaya namin, kahit pa anong hirap dahil full time kami na nagwo-work. Kailangan maraming real interactions. Dapat makikipaglaro kami kay baby. Interact kami with our surroundings. Explore namin ang room, ang house, tingnan ang view outside...wonder at the moon and stars. Kahit noong newborn then infant pa lang siya, dinadalhan ko siya ng toys na ang color combination ay may white, black at red (RBW stimulation).
Later, nang mga 3 to 5 years old na siya, kahit pa nakakapanood na siya ng Dora the Explorer, Barney, at naging favorite niya ang Hi-5...patuloy pa rin kami sa pakikipaglaro sa kaniya. May time nga noon, kaya niyang mabuo ang puzzle ng map of the world. At first, nahirapan siya sa mga countries ng Europe. Pero later nakuha rin. All that is play ha. Hindi siya under pressure. Ang totoo naman kasi, wala kaming intension na gawin siyang genius (aware kami ng wife ko sa hassle ng pagkakaroon ng mataas na IQ eh hehe).
Lumaki ang daughter namin na maayos. Hindi siya naging tulad ng ibang bata. Hindi siya over stimulated or inconsiderate with others...hindi katulad noong mga nakakalaro niya sa mga Play Area ng branches McDonalds or Jollibee. Very sensitive siya...ayaw niya makakarinig na bad words...ino-off niya ang TV kung may violence. Kahit violent words kasi avoid namin sa house.
Hanggang ngayon na 8 years old na siya, hindi siya pala-nood ng TV. May time lang at hindi tuloy-tuloy ang panonood niya ng video streaming sa You Tube, or Flash Games, or Facebook games. After 30 min. of looking at the computer screen, ire-rest niya eyes niya for 30 minutes...minsan di na siya babalik at magdo-drawing na lang sa study table niya.
These days, kaming mag-daddy ay nag-e-enjoy sa paper airplanes at origami paper crafts. Mas mahilig siyang magbasa ng books lalo na kung weekends. Minsan, kailangan pa ngang pagilin para magjoin na sa amin ng mommy niya for breakfast.
By the way, laging nasa Honor's List ang daughter namin since Grade 1. Ang average grade niya lagi ay "Outstanding". Hindi namin ine-expect kasi para sa amin, kulang pa ang tutok namin with her studies.
I just wanted to share here what we did as parents ha. Baka makatulong po kasi sa iba.
The following is from the web site of Princeton University:
"...children under eighteen months may not understand, and thus learn from, television in the same way as do older children."
"Some research suggests that children do not begin to discriminate between television and real-life events until the early preschool years."
"Many infant-directed media products make explicit claims about their educational value; others, with titles such as Baby Einstein, keep their claims implicit. But analysts know little about the extent to which children two years and younger learn from commercially produced television programs. Experiments on learning from video have repeatedly found that infants and toddlers learn better from real-life experiences than from video. "
(Kirkorian, Wartella, and Anderson, 2008)
References:Journal Issue: Children and Electronic Media Volume 18 Number 1 Spring 2008
Media and Young Children's Learning
Authors: Heather L. Kirkorian Ellen Wartella Daniel R. Andersonhttp://www.princeton.edu/futureofchildren/publications/journals/article/index.xml?journalid=32&articleid=56§ionid=243The Effects of Video and Television on Young Children: Research and Reflection for Christian Educators
Aug 12th, 2011http://lej.cuchicago.edu/early-childhood-education/the-effects-of-video-and-television-on-young-children-research-and-reflection-for-christian-educators/Media and Young Children's Learning
By: Kirkorian, Heather L.; Wartella, Ellen A.; Anderson, Daniel R.. Future of Children, v18 n1 p39-61 Spr 2008. http://futureofchildren.org/futureofchildren/publications/docs/18_01_03.pdf
Subjects: Television Viewing; Academic Achievement; Preschool Children; Program Effectiveness; Educational Media; Educational Television; Mass Media Effects; Childrens Television; Cognitive Development; Longitudinal Studies; Attention; Infants; Toddlers; Educational ResearchMedia and Young Children’s Learning
Heather L. Kirkorian, Ellen A. Wartella, and Daniel R. Anderson
Electronic media, particularly television, have long been criticized for their potential impact on
children. One area for concern is how early media exposure influences cognitive development
and academic achievement. Heather Kirkorian, Ellen Wartella, and Daniel Anderson summarize the relevant research and provide suggestions for maximizing the positive effects of media
and minimizing the negative effects.
One focus of the authors is the seemingly unique effect of television on children under age two.
Although research clearly demonstrates that well-designed, age-appropriate, educational television can be beneficial to children of preschool age, studies on infants and toddlers suggest that
these young children may better understand and learn from real-life experiences than they do
from video. Moreover, some research suggests that exposure to television during the first few
years of life may be associated with poorer cognitive development.
With respect to children over two, the authors emphasize the importance of content in mediating the effect of television on cognitive skills and academic achievement. Early exposure to ageappropriate programs designed around an educational curriculum is associated with cognitive
and academic enhancement, whereas exposure to pure entertainment, and violent content in
particular, is associated with poorer cognitive development and lower academic achievement.
The authors point out that producers and parents can take steps to maximize the positive effects
of media and minimize the negative effects. They note that research on children’s television
viewing can inform guidelines for producers of children’s media to enhance learning. Parents
can select well-designed, age-appropriate programs and view the programs with their children
to maximize the positive effects of educational media.
The authors’ aim is to inform policymakers, educators, parents, and others who work with
young children about the impact of media, particularly television, on preschool children, and
what society can do to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs.