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Youth and protection of the minors

Impact of television

The television and the development of the child

Before 3 years

The toddler child needs to act on the world to build itself. Television places it in a passive position which can harm its development. The specialists in childhood disadvise it formally, even in the case of emissions conceived especially for less than three years.

More, go on the page devoted to the specific protection of the toddlers.  

Between 3 and 6 years

After 3 years, the fact of looking at emissions adapted to educational vocation can stimulate certain capacities of the child like the memory or the recognition of the letters of the alphabet.

The 10 minutes watching of programs represents already a time of concentration raised for a toddler. It is advised to privilege short sessions, with the possibility of re-examining several times the same program in order to understand the action and the intentions of the characters, which the fact does not allow “of zapping” between several emissions.

The older child from 3 to 6 years reacts with his sensitivity. A particular vigilance on what it looks at is required, because it does not have retreat compared to the images and will not perceive the difference for example between a publicity and a program or between the fiction and reality: he will regard as real the alarming images that he will have seen, without having the words to express what he feels. From where importance to dialogue with him.

Between 6 and 10 years

The thought of the child is built and allows him to establish the link between what is real and what is not it. As of 6 years for example, the child starts to analyze, understand. It starts to have certain experience of the images and can comment on them. It could also want to show that it is able to imitate what it saw. From where the need for explaining to him why it should not reproduce what it on television sees, and for respecting its sensitivity of young child by privileging the watching of programs for youth.

Up to eight years, a newborn should look at that emissions conceived for youth; the tv news, in particular, is not adapted to its sensitivity.

After 10 years

Between 10 and 12 years, the child starts to want to reach in a more autonomous way the images. He wants to diversify the programs that he looks at, to continue to look at public programs youth but also programs all, like those disadvised with less than 10 years. It is important to accompany it in the choice by these programs, to learn how to him to select those which are appropriate to him while becoming thus an active televiewer.

Moreover, with adolescence, it wishes to support certain contents violent one, even if it of it is not emotionally able. Even at this age and in spite as of accessibilities to the images available to the teenagers, maintain the dialogue with them on what they look at or listen, learn how to them to choose what corresponds to their tastes and their sensitivity.

Effects of the shocking images

On television, our children do not see the same thing that we and that can generate some turbid:

  • difficulties of falling asleep
  • nightmares
  • anguishes
  • vulgarizing of violence
  • aggressiveness.

Even if your newborn expresses any sign of fear at the time when he sees an image which shocks it, which he lived can re-appear in various situations, once the extinct light for example or in its sleep. Each child communicates differently with his parents. It is thus important that you can locate the signs and that you think of establishing the link with images which it could have seen whether this fear finds its cause in a program.

Patrice Huerre, child psychiatrist, testify in video to the impact to the violent images on the young televiewer and recall that violence is not the same one for all 

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