Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Article 3 {Baby and BabyFirstTV overexposing?}

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Educational channels for babies such as Baby TV and BabyFirstTV are a new way of helping children to learn. This is a series of short clips with educational characters like carrots and gingerbread men singing "The world keeps turning and you keep learning." These shows are rocking cradles around the globe such as the US, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Several Countries have been sending complaints about the effects that overexposure to television is harmful to the babies. Since 2005, the companies have grown rapidly in reaching more than 90 million homes through the subscription based network. Several research companies even performed tests with children from the ages of 2 to 5 with sustained television viewing. Children with the age of 5 that watched more than two hours suffered from problems with sleep, attention and even aggressive forms of behavior! However, early exposure to younger ages not cause behaviorial or social problems as long as the viewing was reduced as the children grew older. It is considered a good way to educate and occupy children by watching no more than about 10 minutes on average a day. However there are other views that the overexposure to watching these shows is counteracting effects of human emotion and that babies are losing connection with people inorder to learn.

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