Written by a contributing writer
For many, television is a big part of growing up. Educational television helps children to develop emotional skills, understand plot lines, and differentiate between right and wrong. At a young age, the minds of children are still being formed and their outlook on life is yet to be molded. T.V. in moderation can aid their psychological growth, by allowing them to meet different characters and explore their nature and personalities. Too much television can be bad for kids, so a balanced active lifestyle is something parents should aim for. However, what children view when they’re young, also impacts their health, but it's mental health rather than physical. Programming has changed a lot since its conception, and now, even children's shows have complex plot lines and complicated questions. But, what kind of shows are best for children, and why?
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Many early morning kid’s shows are great to help aid the process of learning. Allowing kids to watch learning shows as they eat their cereal is a great way to make the absorption of information a normal part of their lives. It also helps kids who have special learning disabilities because, often, shows have friendly and warm characters for them to relate to. You could find a particular series, that specializes in certain aspects of education, such as mathematics or English, and make it part of your morning routine with the kids. They may end up building a relationship with the show and becoming motivated to participate.
Finding modern shows
As society has evolved so have the children’s shows, this makes keeping up-to-date is important and can help your children talk and relate to the other kids at their school. Coming to Netflix this August, are shows like ‘A Cinderella Story,' ‘My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic’, and ‘Arthur and the Invisibles.' All of which have characters which can teach children about respect, being a reliable, being an understanding friend to other children, and doing what is morally correct. These types of shows also have authority figures in them, who the other characters learn to respect and honor, which is great to teach children to obey their teachers at school and listen to your advice.
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Education is very important, but cognitive and human interaction skills are sometimes overlooked by parents. It’s just as important to teach children how to deal with stress, be patient, be respectful of others, and to empathize with other children, as it is to teach them addition and subtraction. Children will often want to be cool and try and emulate their favorite character in a show or movie they like. If the character is respectful, kind, and thoughtful, this should be encouraged. Children wanting to emulate their heroes can be utilized as a mental state to keep them out of conflicts with other kids because they’ll want to stay out of trouble and lead by example.
Sometimes it can be difficult to teach children about the all of the aspects of life that they may experience. Television shows that are geared towards learning, teaching, and emotionally connecting with children are great additions to their development. Although not to be totally relied upon, certain shows are great to reinforce your values in your children.