Today, every parent who spends his life in urban areas experiences a similar problem, namely how to stop their children’s addiction from watching television continuously. When studying, eating time or doing other activities, children often spend a lot of time in front of the television. Television is like an addiction that can increase knowledge and can also result in the destruction of a child’s routine and behavior.
Television is like the center of children’s lives, this is because television often acts as a teacher, tutor, babysitter, and entertainer who come together as one. Everything depends on television. The negative effect, sometimes children chew what they see on television such as soap operas, crime scenes, violence and words that children their age should not say. Therefore, stopping children from addiction to television is something that should be applied to it as early as possible.
Here are tips you can do to stop children from addiction that can lead them to the wrong association.
1. Start Now
Children’s addiction from television stems from his habit of being close to television. In fact, not infrequently encountered in some cases, 2 year old children have begun to be interested in paying attention to television. If this is ignored and not treated immediately, then this habit will turn into an addiction that will be harder to get rid of. For that, start stopping this habit from now on
2. Be a Good Example
In terms of stopping children from being addicted to televsion, the role of parents is very much needed. If you are not accustomed to spending time in front of the television, your children will not automatically be tempted to spend their time there.
3. Encourage Children To Socialize
Introverted children tend to spend a lot of time in the room or at home. When they don’t find many activities at home, television will become an outlet for their activities. This way the child will get used to being alone and only making friends with television.
4. Spend Quality Time
One way to break your addiction to television is to spend quality time with your children, which should become a routine. As much as possible, spend quality time just chatting, reading stories, even accompanying children to play. This will also further grow your closeness to your little one.
5. Planning for another baby
An only child is always more prone to end up being addicted to television and other high-tech technologies. They just do this to get rid of their loneliness because they don’t have friends or other siblings that they can invite to play. For that, having siblings is the best solution to make children able to communicate and allow them to spend time with their siblings. For this reason, bringing one more child will be able to stop a child’s addiction from television.
6. Not Providing Television in the Children’s Room
Providing television in a child’s room is tantamount to directing a child to become a television addict. Making them comfortable and happy doesn’t mean they have to fulfill every child’s wish. However, fulfilling all his needs is a wise thing. At such an early age, children actually do not really need television facilities in their rooms, so it is better not to provide this facility in their rooms to avoid and stop television addiction in children.
Television is not something bad for your child. Television can be used as a learning medium for children. There are many lessons that children can get from television. It’s just that if this child’s time and habits have become addictive, then this can make their equally important routine a mess. For that, you should control children’s habits so they don’t overdo it. (Read: The Influence of Television on Baby Development)