How TV affects your children

Parenting Expert Nikki Bush says parents should be concerned and involved in the kind of content their children are watching, whether on TV, tablets, or on their phones.

She says we are now living in a world where children are surrounded by screens. It can be an easy way to keep them occupied and give parents a little break. But caretakers need a hands on approach to what exactly kids are watching.

You have to be aware of who your children are engaging with

Nikki Bush - Parenting expert

We have to accept the responsibilities as adults in their lives, that we are the gate keepers. Regardless of how technophobic we may be, we are the ones to decide what we will allow our children to engage with on a content basis.

Nikki Bush - Parenting expert

Bush says two-thirds of children's programming on TV contain acts of violence that could affect them negatively.

Children can be very much affected by the content they watch. They can be very traumatised by what they see on the screen.

Nikki Bush - Parenting expert

Their brains are elastic and plastic. They take in everything they see and they are unable to differentiate between fantasy and reality.

Nikki Bush - Parenting expert

Children under the age of nine are learning by observing

Nikki Bush - Parenting expert

She says that parents need to have value based conversations with their children about what they've just watched on TV. They need to help their youngsters learn to discern between reality and fantasy.

Listen to the full conversation below:

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