The Elephant in the Living Room Make Television Work for

The Elephant in the Living Room Make Television Work for Your Kids The nation's top child development experts examine the effects of television on children and their groundbreaking research will startle manyTelevision is the elephant in the living room of our culture American children watch television an average of 3 hours per day and many parents sheepishly concede that they rely on television as an electronic babysitter But TV is not necessarily harmful to kids The authors present groundbreaking scientific evidence that television can be a powerful and effective tool for entertainment for education and for socializationThe secret is for parents to learn how to use television as a tool not a crutch With a detailed explanation of the effects of television viewing on kids' emotional mental and physical development plus tips to enable parents to act on this new knowledge they'll soon be able to turn TV into a positive force in their child's life The authors share which popular shows increase your child's reading ability and which may delay speech development which televised sports boost girls' self image and which ones could cause eating disorders the best and worst programming for every age from toddler to teen

  • Hardcover
  • 262 pages
  • The Elephant in the Living Room Make Television Work for Your Kids
  • Dimitri A. Christakis
  • English
  • 04 August 2014
  • 9781594862762

10 thoughts on “The Elephant in the Living Room Make Television Work for Your Kids

  1. Karen Leonard Karen Leonard says:

    Really good book about how to raise kids in a world with TV

  2. Lacey Louwagie Lacey Louwagie says:

    Although this book made me feel guilty for allowing my son a regular diet of TV from the age of 10 ish months on how else am I going to get a shower?? PLEASE TELL ME MR CHRISTAKIS it also provided a TON of good food for thought about the role that TV plays in family life both in terms of its potential for good and its harmful effects I appreciated the focus on actual data rather than opinions The screentime landscape has changed a lot since 2005 though and I would love an updated version of the book or a companion website that could update some of its principles for a rapidly changing entertainment environment For example there are whole chapters devoted to the harmful effects of commercials yet streaming allows LOTS of TV viewing without the obligatory advertisements It also allows for far intentional viewing something the book advocates for a lot So overall I think the media landscape has improved for kids but it would still be nice to have some guidance in the new world The appendix of educational shows for kids for example was probably outdated as soon as the book was published COME ON BUILD A WEBSITEI guess it's off to Commonsense Media

  3. Douglas Lord Douglas Lord says:

    Pediatrician and epidemiologist Christakis and economist and child development expert Zimmerman both parents codirect the University of Washington's Child Health Institute Here they analyze television's impact on children in areas such as attention span educational attainment social behavior sleep and body image They encourage parents to rethink restructure and reduce viewing in order to lessen television's negative effects Few shows save those like Sesame Street have any educational benefit; indeed most programming is demonstrably useless or harmful especially for children under three However because TV is inescapable the authors propose mindful viewing wherein parents interactively watch alongside kids the authors cogently note that how children watch is just as important as what or how much they watch Akin to Marie Winn's The Plug In Drug Television Computers and Family Life this is a noble work that effectively references academic studies Parents will find end of chapter wrap ups especially useful RecommendedFind reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes Books for Dudes the online reader's advisory column for men from Library Journal Copyright Library Journal

  4. Janie Janie says:

    I like the book's mantra the unexamined TV is not worth watching Couple of notes emphasis on that you should watch with your children when they watch see the study that showed children were attentive to the show wparent in room so you can know what happened and talk with them about it can't expect them to want to talk about TV if they never see you doing it with the shows you watch cool to see Dr Kuhl's bilingual media study mentioned in there esp since I'm in her Lang and the Brain courseI had hoped to see a couple of things of a discussion about how adults can monitor their own viewing I think they establish that adult attitudes matter than parents would expect but don't develop it a bigger emphasis to help the reader realize that I the reader am likely to have biases and misconceptions about my own habits as another how the computer is used as the TVHowever after thinking about it I think that how the computer is used as the TV is begging to be studied but it probably was beyond the scope of this book it would have complicated it beyond bearing perhaps the book itself isn't the place to get someone to realize they're as likely to be biased as someone else might have made it seem too pedantic I maintain adult monitoring discussion might have added something valuable

  5. Jen Jen says:

    This is a very interesting guide to monitoring TV viewing for your children from their infancy to teenage years As a mother of a toddler I was primarily interested in the areas that focused on the preschool years It had a lot of useful information on what to look for in good educational TV as well as guidelines for how much is too much The authors cite a number of interesting studies relating TV viewing to attention deficit sleep and weight disorders There are also references to a number of studies regarding the positive effects of educational TV viewing for preschoolers beginning with age 2 What I found most useful about the book was its guidance in understanding what to look for in educational programing and tips for making TV a engaging experience for children including how to watch with your children to help them get out of the programs

  6. Lenita Lenita says:

    This book teaches about the effects of television in your home It is super comprehensive and discusses how tv affects everything from sleep early sex violence literacy development ADD prosocial behaviors obesity body image drugs and alcohol spending habits and I agreed with almost everything and I now feel that I can effectively bring the television into my home so that it can be used as a tool for good purposes rather than what I was afraid of it doing bringing filth and bad examples into the minds of my children

  7. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    This book is really interesting so far I highly recommend it if you are currently a parent or are planning to become one some day The book does not glorify or demonize TV but lays out the research being done on the affects of TV on children from age 0 18Although I haven't finished reading it yet it also has a chapter dedicated to a step by step approach to using TV to educate and engage your kids

  8. Gemma Alexander Gemma Alexander says:

    I got this book as swag for participating in a study on preschoolers' TV habits It's an interesting and mostly compelling look at the way TV affects children based mosly on the authors' own research It is also notable for being the first book I managed to read cover to cover since Aranya was born

  9. Mandy Mandy says:

    Why did I not have this information four years ago when I became a parent? If you are a parent you want to read this book The book is readable and uick and very informative on a topic I thought I had already given enough thought I was wrong and I'm glad I now have this as a reference Highly recommended

  10. Dora Dora says:

    I think this is a terrific resource for new parents For most people living with no tv isn't realistic I found a number of helpful coping tools in here plus research on why setting limits and boundaries is so important

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