I was undertaking some research and I discovered that children by the age the reach pre-school have watched over 209 days of TV. This accounts to thousands of ad and a great influence on TV.
As we do not have what I call ‘Mains” TV at home, basically we only watch DVD’s and movies I am easily able to see this influence on children. My children are always able to play, no matter where they are, even shop renovating they will do creative things, make toys from small blocks of wood and nails and create their own stories. Even when I take them to the movies, for example we went and watched The Amazing Spiderman last week, I am aware that they will play act and play out these stories for weeks to follow. If we watch Harry Potter then it is “Expelliamus” that is heard for weeks to come.
How then are our children influenced by TV. I read recently that children do not know emergency symbols for the Police or Fire department, though they do know the symbols for McDonalds and KFC. What does this tell us?
Now we all want the wide screen Plasma TV’s.
We like them in our lounges though did we know:
they can get burn in images if the same picture is displayed too long or if video games are played on them
They make ringing noises at high altitudes
They use lots of power
They are less durable and produce lots of heat
Plasma TVs consist of cells separated by a thin gap that contains inert gases.
The other types of TVs such as the LED TV was thought to be the most environmental friendly screen light TV, though now scientists believe it could be otherwise.
They use less power and the do not contain mercury like flat screen TVs do and they are far more durable.
LED lights have been shown to exceed the safety limits of the so-called blue-light hazard in regards to eye safety. Basically they have a stronger blue spectrum than any other white light. Recent studies believe these lights to cause irreversible eye damage and to alter melatonin levels and hormone levels as a consequence. Other issues are they contribute to sleep disorders.
3D TV is posing its own health issues. Increases in seizures, stroke and epilepsy have been associated with their use. Especially in teenagers and children. Other ‘minor’ issues are altered vision, lightheadness, dizziness, involuntary movements, confusion, nausea, convulsions, cramps, disorientation and loss of awareness. 3D warnings state that sitting too close or by walking around the 3D glasses on can damage eyesight.
So what are the choices, mercury emitting flat screens that emit high amounts of radiation and magnetic fields. 3D TVs that can cause health defects or the LED’s that can affect eye functions??
My recommendations, limit TV to maybe 2-3 hours a day, maybe a movie for children.
Avoid the news, the fear mongering of advertising and stick to happy, motivating an f fun programs.
There are some good shows and movies, make it about quality, not quantity.