Do you know that in the last 30 years, the age of the Little One to begin on getting used to watch television continues to decrease? Now, the average age of the Little One in starting to get used to watch television is since the age of 4 months. Previously, the Little One started to watch television at the age about 4 years.
Watching television is a passive activity that requires skills to understand the content being served. For the Little Baby, television show is merely a two-dimensional flow of images that changes every 5-8 seconds and does not appear to be related to one another.
The Little One is also unable to connect the images to the sounds, actual people or objects that appear from television. Before the Little One can learn through television, he/she must be able to connect these images into a meaningful unity.
Dr. Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Childhood Health, Behavior and Development at the Seattle Children's Research Institute stated the results of his observational studies concluded that the Little One who is accustomed to watch television since they were infants are at risk of having difficulty in concentrating, later on.
Dr. Christakis believes that the optimal environment for the development of the Little One is a lot of direct interaction with other people. Baby activities should be structured and include physical interactions, such as viewing a picture in a book or singing.
Moreover, most researchers agree that the use of television for educational purposes can be done after the Little One reaches the age of 3-year-old. This is because at that age, he/she began to understand the relationship between television and the actual reality.
Little Babies and Toddlers learn better through examples that are viewed directly in everyday life compared to images. They quickly remember and understand the various things that are seen directly. The reason for that is, the brain is designed to learn through social interaction. From birth, he/she is able to recognize faces, voices, and sensitive to social cues such as tone of voice and eye contact.
Rather than trying to stimulate the Little One by making the Little One to watch the educational show on television, it is better that Mommy takes him/her to learn directly while playing. Choose a creative game that will stimulate the multiple intelligences. Mommy can try identification of multiple intelligences on the Morinaga Multiple Intelligence Play Plan site as well as looking for creative play ideas suitable for the Little One.
The environment with many positive social and emotional interactions will make the growth of the Little One to be more optimal. So what are you waiting for? Turn off the TV and start playing!
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