Childhood is a particularly critical time in the development of areas of the brain involved in self-regulation of emotional intelligence i.e. the capacity of the child to control his temper, emotions and impulses which determines later on his ability to interact positively with both his peers and family.
A new study led by Dr.Linda Pagani, professor at the University of Montreal’s School of Psychoeducation, show that young children who watch too much television around toddlerhood age were more likely to prefer solitude, experience peer victimization, and adopt aggressive and antisocial behaviour toward their peers at the end of the first year of middle school.
Social skills such as sharing, appreciation, and respect gained from others are rooted in early childhood. In toddlerhood, the number of waking hours in a day is limited. Thus, the more time children spend in front the TV, the less time they have for creative play, interactive activities, and other fundamental social interactions that builds their interpersonal skills. Active daily life at the preschool age can help develop essential social skills that will be useful later and ultimately play a key role in personal and economic success.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should watch no more than 1 to 2 hours of quality television programming each day.
For more details on the topic, please refer to the original research article on the following link: