Friday, July 21, 2006

Babysitting the Kids with TV

Ken Canfield, of the National Center for Fathering, recently pointed to a Kaiser Family Foundation study that reports:

It used to be that parents joked about using the "one-eyed babysitter"--the television--to keep their young children occupied. Today, there are several different one-eyed sitters, and it's less of a joke and more a way of life, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The study, which focused on parents with children from 6 months and 6 years of age, concluded that parents today use electronic media "to help manage busy schedules, keep the peace, and facilitate family routines such as eating, relaxing, and falling asleep."

In a typical day, 83% of the children studied use screen media, and they average just under two hours per day. One in three of the children had a TV in their bedroom, including 43% of the children ages 4 to 6. Thirty-two percent of children in this age range live in homes where the a television is on all or most of the time, and 30% live in homes where the TV is on during meals all or most of the time.

Read more here.

1 comment:

anonintx said...

Now they even have DVD's for babies and I mean infants of a few weeks old and up. They are called Baby Einstein. Parents are actually told that to put your infant in front of the TV to watch colorful activities going on and listen to Mozart's music as it is played will make your child a genius!