Here at Foundations Christian School in Horseheads, NY, we're eager to hear from you on this subject.
Do your kids watch television or play video games on school nights?
According to an article on NBCnews.com, kids who watch television or play video games during the week statistically do worse in school than kids who don't.
The study, which was based on the children's own assessment of how they were doing in school, indicated that weekend TV viewing or video game playing didn't affect their school performance quite so much, as long as they did it for less than four hours each day.
Another study was quoted in the article that indicated that kids who have televisions in their bedrooms scored, on the average, about eight points lower on math and language arts tests than kids who don't have TVs in their rooms.
Being a parent is hard. Sometimes it's so much easier to turn on the television and let it be "in charge" for a little while. That way we can get dinner made, or have a few minutes to ourselves. However, there are so many other activities kids can engage in during the week. Activities that will complement the learning they do in school all day long.
- Reading books
- Playing outside
- Playing a board game
- Coloring pictures
- Playing with their toys
Any one of these is good. They also stimulate kids' imaginations, which is something that's becoming lost in a country that depends on the television or video games as its primary forms of entertainment.
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Now it's your turn. Do you allow your kids to watch television or play video games during the week? If so, how many hours do you think they do these activities each day?