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1. Failure to pay close attention to details or making careless mistakes when doing schoolwork or other activities
2. Trouble keeping attention focused during play or tasks
3. Appearing not to listen when spoken to
4. Failure to follow instructions or finish tasks
5. Avoiding tasks that require a high amount of mental effort and organization, such as school projects
6. Frequently losing items required to facilitate tasks or activities, such as school supplies
7. Excessive distractibility
9. Procrastination, inability to begin an activity
10. Difficulties with household activities (cleaning, paying bills, etc.)
11. Difficulty falling asleep, may be due to too many thoughts at night
12. Frequent emotional outbursts
13. Easily frustrated
14. Easily distracted
1. Fidgeting with hands or feet or squirming in seat
2. Leaving seat often, even when inappropriate
3. Running or climbing at inappropriate times
4. Difficulty in quiet play
5. Frequently feeling restless
6. Excessive speech
7. Answering a question before the speaker has finished
8. Failure to await one's turn
9. Interrupting the activities of others at inappropriate times
10. Impulsive spending, leading to financial difficulties
A new study appearing in the April issue of Pediatrics concludes that children who watch television experience shortened attention spans and considerably enhances the chances, based on number of hours of television watched, of developing ADDs (attention deficit disorders) later on in life. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that children under the age of two not watch television and this new study seems to validate such a recommendation.
The release of this study comes at the same time Sesame Street is celebrating their 35th year on the air. The assistant director for research at Sesame Workshop questioned the results of this study because researchers did not know the content of the programming during the study, instead focusing on the number of hours a child watched the television set. Sesame Street programming is considered instructional and educational.
According to Dr. Day, who has for more than a decade advocated the eliminated of television from a child's early years:
"It is reported that children watch an average of 43 hours of TV per week, that's longer than the average adult work week. While watching, they rapidly become almost hypnotized. It has been shown scientifically that within minutes of beginning to watch TV, the brain changes from the alert brain waves (beta waves) to the hypnotic waves (alpha waves) where the judgment center of the brain is bypassed. So the violence and decadence that the child sees, bypasses the judgment center in the brain and is implanted in the child's brain without any ability on the child's part to decide whether what they are seeing is right or wrong. The violence and decadence are accepted by the brain without any moral judgment being applied to it. It then becomes part of the child's permanent subconscious.
Based on the findings, the authors suggest that we generally limit young children's television use. This is probably a good idea, but we question whether this report creates additional evidence for this advice.
The authors reported a 9% increase in risk of attention problems for each daily hour of television-watching. The measure of adverse behavior was based on a score of maternal report of child behavior including restlessness, concentration problems, impulsiveness, confusion, and obsession. A similar association was found at both ages of reported television-watching, which would be unexpected if the association was caused by an influence on brain development.
A log-linear association is anticipated, but whether such a relationship is actually present in the data is obscure. This particular strategy of analysis may provide more statistical power, but the assumption of a log-linear association is strong and implies that any additional hour of watching television provides the same log-linear increase in risk, whereas a threshold effect or other nonequidistant associations may very likely be present.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
I'm appalled that parents leave their kids in front of the TV for hours anyway, but instead of kids having to concentrate or stay interested in a 1/2 hour show, they're only required to stick with each segment for 30 seconds or a minute before the scene changes and something totally new and different is happening.
Originally posted by GENERAL EYES
The quickness of the action and the sudden screen changes - such things can condition a young mind to a certain "speed" of learning.
Originally posted by foxywhiskers
Sesame Street is something I grew up with.. most adults did too. There is nothing wrong with most of us. You cannot tell me that because of the fast paced changes that a child is being conditioned to want changes so frequently in their lives also.
Originally posted by foxywhiskers
There are two things that have "caused" this childhood phenomenon.. Firstly, the mainstream media.. They have scared us into believing that our children are not safe playing out the front of our houses or at the near by park. We are terrified of the society we live in. Children need to be physically active. Look at how restricted kids are compared to even 20 years ago... and secondly. I really do think that add and adhd are contributed to by having SIBLINGS and the fight for parental attention. It should be named Parental Attention Defficit Syndrome.. PADS.. How many ADHD children do you know who are the only child in a family>? and those that are possibly have a medical provable secondary GENUINE disorder/disability or illness?? Any thougts on this?TextText Yellow
Originally posted by spacedoubt
Maybe, ADHD, is really something else.
Enhanced Attention Syndrome.
A flooded mind, may crave even more flooding of information..
Perhaps this is an opportunity to discover new, and more interesting ways to teach.
To take advantage of what may actually be children with super absorbent brains.