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Four great benefits of screen time for kids

From preschool programmes to improving reading readiness, here’s how parents can make TV time for their children count.

While experts agree that too much screen time is unhealthy for children, the good news is that not all screen time is bad!

According to Jaco Joubert, brand manager for high-end television company SKYWORTH, while there are no doubt negatives to kids watching television all day long, there are certainly positives of limited sessions of screen time, especially when children are exposed to material that is not only entertaining but also educational.

Joubert highlights some of these four positives: 

1. Educational content

There is a lot of educational content out there, you just need to help your kids find it. From learning about the environment and animal kingdom, to language and maths, educational content is an undisputed positive when it comes to kids and TV time.

Programmes such as Sesame StreetDora the Explorer, ArthurPeppa Pig, are just some shows with educational qualities. There’s a wide variety of educational apps available on SKYWORTH Android TVs that parents and children can partake in together, without having to use an additional device.  

2. Front row seats to sporting events

There is no replacement for the real thing, however, with many schools’ sports and extra murals on hold due to social distancing regulations, a great way to help your kids understand a particular sport is by watching it on TV. Plus, if you’re up to it, after the virtual game why not toss or hit a couple of balls in the garden?  

3. Exposure to different cultures

We’re living in an age where technology has never been more advanced; we can connect to people across time zones with the click of a button, and host conferences with people from across the globe, all from the comfort of our own home.

If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we’re more connected than ever before. While in the past learning about new cultures meant travelling, nowadays the best way to familiarise and learn about people, cultures, traditions, etc, is by watching TV.

4. Inspire new things

Kid’s shows can inspire children in all sorts of ways. The children’s shows on TV are meant to encourage little ones to try out new things. They’re meant to tap into their potential and unleash it by showing them how being creative can be fun. Shows that aim to inspire kids help boost their creative thinking abilities.

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