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How watching TV affects a preschool child's brain development

Posted on 05-01-2014 | Peter Buxbaum

brain waves oviedo flIt is common knowledge that too much TV can have a negative impact on children. But just how does watching TV affect a child's brain? The latest research from Japan's Division of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at Tohoku University suggests that too much TV can actually damage the brain's growth and structure.

According to this research, the front section of the brain showed an increase in grey matter in children between five and 18 years old who watched 0-4 hours of TV daily. This additional grey matter develops in the frontal polar cortex of the brain's frontal lobe and, although it sounds like a positive change, it is actually associated with reduced language, vision, and memory development, reduced cognitive development, shorter attention spans, and even aggression.

Fortunately, there are many other activities that you can do with your child right here in Oviedo, Florida. For example, you could visit The Oviedo Aquatic Facility for swimming fun or one of our local parks, many of which have playgrounds.

So how much is too much TV and how often should children be allowed to watch TV?

Experts at the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board believe that between one and two hours of TV is more than enough for toddlers, while children younger than two years old should not be exposed to TV at all. It is also better to choose a specific TV program instead of allowing your child to watch indiscriminately. Make sure the program is child-friendly, educational, and encourages interaction. It is also a good idea to pre-record shows that you know are of good quality and watch them with your child at a set time of day. You can make this an active rather than a passive experience by asking them questions about the characters and the events on the screen.


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