On Tuesday morning, at the bus-stop, another Mum and I were discussing the effects of tv etc on children. Many people don’t want to hear it, but she and I agreed – unless a parent has compared the difference between their children without (for at least a month) and THEN with electronics, they cannot possibly know for sure that it’s not affecting them. When I read The Plug in Drug by Marie Winn, it was the difference in behaviour that struck teachers (in particular) when tv became prevelant in homes. The kids were simply not as self-assured and calm (two key signs of maturity and the ability to cope with life). Or as my Mum friend said this morning, “it’s as if, while they’re watching, their brain is being wound up like a spring, and when they stop watching it’s released.”
The boys and I have been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, and again it is the difference in behaviours pre and post tv which are raised. It’s the contrast, which is important, and you simply can’t see a contrast if they’ve not had a decent amount of time without electronics. And there are many
excuses reasons why people might not bother want to remove electronics from their children’s lives.
I’m not going to hammer the point (any more), those of you who agree with me, will; those who don’t won’t. So, this could well be my last post on the topic, and I’ll leave the final (abbreviated) word to Dahl’s Oompa-Loompas…
“…in almost every house we’ve been,
We’ve watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out…
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they are hypnotised by it…
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still…
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?
…His brain becomes as soft as cheese!
His powers of thinking rust and freeze!
He cannot think – he only sees!…”
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