Parenting Pathway #111: Implement a “No Screens” Day

Earlier this year, a researcher at Tufts University found out just how much infants pick up when watching television. It has long been known that infants base their emotional responses on the responses they see modeled by the adults around them. What was new in this study was the discovery that infants also pick up those cues from those they watch on television. In short, infants as young as 12 months learn social and emotional cues from what they see on TV.

Couple this finding with research from the American Psychiatric Association observing that commercial television for children is 50-60 times more violent than prime-time programs for adults, as some cartoons average more than 80 violent acts per hour, and it becomes clear just how important it is to make good choices about television viewing for our children.

My family physician, and a positive role-model for me as a developing parent, shared with me that a “No Screens Day” has been implemented in her home. On this day, no computer or TV screens blink in the faces of her children. Instead, books are read, creative play is intensified, and family conversation abounds. Sound refreshing? 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “mindless” television or video games idle the pre-frontal cortex of the brain, the area of the brain responsible for planning, organizing and sequencing behavior for self-control, moral judgment, and attention. So, not only does watching television teach and encourage violent behavior, it also shuts down the very part of the brain that enables children to make better decisions about dealing with conflict.

Coaching Inquiries: How would a “No Screens Day” impact your home? How have you seen television influencing your child?

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