You are all aware of my complete aversion for television for children and babies. Educational TV, seems like an oxymoron to me. Anyhow I just found some scary numbers in the current edition of Broward Family Life:
900- Hours per year the average American youth spends in school
1,500- Hours per year the average American youth spends tuned in to TV
200,000- Number of violent acts seen on Tv by age 18
20,000- Number of 30-second commercials seen in a year by an average child.
If they must watch, do this:
Time it: Videos are better than endless TV as you know exactly how much time has elapsed ANd no commercials!
Tune it: Know exactly what your kids are watching. Just because it says it's for children, doesn't mean it teaches values you endorse.
Teach it: Show your children good watching habits, keep up exercising and other creative endeavors. try not to watch everyday, but set special time aside for family and friends.
Tap it: Keep the TV off unless watching it, children do not need background noise and it actually adds to stress levels of parents too.