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TV Myths and Facts

TV MYTH #1
TV is a passive medium. My child will become a listless couch potato.

FACT
Educational TV shows can actively engage your child, physically and intellectually. The activity can and should continue after the show is over.

Source: The Smart Parent’s Guide to Kids’ TV by Milton Chen, Ph.D.

 

 

TV MYTH #2
If my child watches TV, he won’t become a good reader. TV and books are enemies.

FACT
Quality children’s programs can actually motivate children to read books and lead to a love of reading.

Source: The Smart Parent’s Guide to Kids’ TV by Milton Chen, Ph.D.

 

 

TV MYTH #3
If my child watches TV shows that entertain as well as educate, he’ll expect his teachers to sing and dance.

FACT
Even young children understand the separate worlds and conventions of TV and the classroom.

Source: The Smart Parent’s Guide to Kids’ TV by Milton Chen, Ph.D.

 

 

TV MYTH #4
If my child watches TV, she’ll be a poor student.

FACT
It depends on what and how much she’s watching. Students who watch a moderate amount of television, especially educational TV, can be excellent students.

Source: The Smart Parent’s Guide to Kids’ TV by Milton Chen, Ph.D.

 

 

TV MYTH #5
TV stunts the healthy growth of the brain. It zaps a child’s brain waves.

FACT
Brainwave patterns during TV viewing are very similar to brain activity during other activities.

Source: The Smart Parent’s Guide to Kids’ TV by Milton Chen, Ph.D.

 

 

TV MYTH #6
TV shortens a child’s attention span.

FACT
PBS shows can actually increase a child’s attention span and cognitive skills.

Source: The Smart Parent’s Guide to Kids’ TV by Milton Chen, Ph.D.

   
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