How much time should children spend watching television? Should we let them watch on school days or only on holidays?
It’s a controversial topic that raises various discussions around the world. Some people consider watching television a contribution to children’s education and personality development. Others are afraid that children will identify blindly with what they see on the screen, which may sometimes be violent or confused.
In Canada, for example, children between the ages of three and four spend one hour every day in front of a small screen, while the duration is up to two hours for five-year-olds.
Children from a number of Arab countries may be the biggest TV watchers, especially children who don’t go to nursery or school but instead stay home in the care of their grandmothers.
Contributing to this number is the fact that the hot climate in these countries does not always allow for the outdoor activities that fill a child’s time in a healthy and educational way. For this reason, child-rearing experts would advise the following: