Wednesday, April 14, 2010

May 8th Parenting Event: TV & Computer Habits

What Are They Watching? Helping Your Child Manage TV & Computer Time
TV and Toddlers
"It may be tempting to put your infant or toddler in front of the television, especially to watch shows created just for children under age two. But the American Academy of Pediatrics says: Don't do it! These early years are crucial in a child's development. The Academy is concerned about the impact of television programming intended for children younger than age two and how it could affect your child's development. Pediatricians strongly oppose targeted programming, especially when it's used to market toys, games, dolls, unhealthy food and other products to toddlers. Any positive effect of television on infants and toddlers is still open to question, but the benefits of parent-child interactions are proven. Under age two, talking, singing, reading, listening to music or playing are far more important to a child's development than any TV show. For more information on your child's health, visit"

But the reality is that many infants and toddlers are, in fact, exposed to tv. And what about tv and computer time after age 2? What about your preschooler? School-aged child? Preteen and teenager? What are they viewing? How much is too much? What should you know as a parent? Explore this topic with presenter, Gigi Sims, at an upcoming Growing Families Together Parenting Program at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library on Saturday, May 8th, 2010. 

On May 8th, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Corvallis Main Library, Gigi Sims will present "What Are They Watching?: helping your child manage TV and computer time," a Growing Families Together parenting program. The presentation will be followed by a resource fair of summer activities for kids. Free! Childcare provided.

For more information on the topic of kids & "screen time", see:

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