Two hours per day is the maximum time a child should be allowed to watch television, according to experts. This stage of your child's life is crucial to physical and emotional development. What they experience and see is absorbed and not always interpreted correctly. This is why programming that your child watches on television should be non-violent and preferably educational in some way.
With the right content, television can be used as a learning tool, however, your child should be encouraged to learn about and explore their surroundings away from the television too. It is best to work out a television watching schedule for your child and instil good habits from when they first watch TV regularly.
Limit your child's TV time to only an hour or two and try to reserve that for a particular time slot every day. Do not leave the television on in the background when you are playing with your child, or when your child is reading in the same room as the television. Do not have your meals in front of the television. By eating at a dinner table, our child will learn to engage in conversation and social interaction, rather than being passive in front of the TV.
Do not let your child change channels continuously. By leaving a particular channel on, TV time can be over at the end of a program. Letting your child watch a television from a DVD player, you can control the content and the time period for viewing.
Children do not understand what is real and what is fictional on television. Be sure to explain things to them often. If your child has a babysitter or care giver, they too should know the TV rules of your household.