11. July 2016 · Comments Off on A Guide to Buying a Cheap Smart TV · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

So you’re thinking about buying a Smart TV? Of course you will be spoilt and maybe confused by choice.

What then is a Smart TV?

Without going into miniscule detail it is fair to say that a Smart TV is any TV that comes equipped with its own inbuilt internet connectivity. This allows access to the mind-blowing range of on-line services; including web browsing, social networking, films, BBC iPlayer … oh and television broadcasts.

A Smart TV will bring the wonderful world of the internet to your front room.

The price of Smart TVs has steadily fallen over the past few years; now is the time to buy. Technology has advanced at a pace, so much so that the more information we have the more we are confused.

Do we go for LED, OLED, HD or 4K screens? Should the screen be a flat or curved design?

Tip –Read all the reviews, get confused and then use your own eyes to make a final judgement.

Thankfully this guide represents a technical and jargon-free zone!

Before setting your budget there are a few things to consider:

Which size screen should you choose?

Bigger is not always better, a huge TV in a small room can be overwhelming, a small screen, insignificant and totally underwhelming. There are guidelines as to screen size relevant to viewing distance … please! Common sense based upon your previous experiences should be your guide.

Some screens have more magic sprinkled inside than others, one screen may just simply be sharper and crisper than another. Go to a decent retailer for honest advice and have a look at the quality before you commit.

Tip– When assessing a TV take a look at the screen from a variety of angles in order to see if the colour and vibrancy varies or degrades significantly from the head-on view. You may have the plum spot in your front room, but spare a thought for the children, each condemned to a corner … it’s always the children who suffer.

What features should you look for?

Quite frankly look for the features you want; there’ll be plenty you don’t.

Well first off connectivity to the web, how easy is the web to access and navigate? Ask for a demo from that keen young man on a sales bonus.

Perhaps you may like to link another device to the tele, such as you iPod. If so make sure the Smart TV has Bluetooth.

More likely you’ll probably want to link a Sky box or a Blue-ray player, in which case you’ll need HDMI connections. Or, if you’re intending to link your steam driven VHS player, then look around the tele for a scart connection.

Maybe you’d like to link some USB devices?

Tip – Think about what you want, tell the lad and he’ll advise.

Some sound advice; Always check out the quality of the TVs sound output; it’s important! Muffled dull sound will ruin your entertainment experience. Ask for the set to be turned up, is the sound still crisp and clear?

Also check out the sound settings in the menu; you’ll no doubt find a choice of setting to enhance your listening pleasure.

Is there an option to activate a surround-sound system? A fine experience and a great way to get your own back on the neighbours with the barking dog!

How much should you pay?Quite simply pay only what you can afford, although don’t skimp and stick to known brands. The top four TV manufacturers are LG, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic; competition is fierce as prices continue to fall.

Tip -Shop around and keep your eye open for a TV that is about to be, or has been, superseded by a newer model. You’ll more than likely get a Smart TV with more features then you could shake a stick at and a bargain to boot!

 

01. April 2016 · Comments Off on 7 Tips For Buying A LCD Television · Categories: electronics · Tags: , ,

Buying a LCD televisions can be a daunting task. With so many makes and models to choose from its difficult to know what’s features are important and which brands offer value for money. The following article provides several tips to consider prior to spending your hard earned cash.

Tip #1: Use Consumer Reviews. If there is ever a chance to separate the wheat from the chaff, reviews are a great place to start. You’ll discover which models are proving to be a hit, where to find value for money and which models have potential problems. This can save you the heartache of buying and lemon and help you get started in the right direction.

Tip #2: Consider a refurbished LCD TV. You can experience savings of between 50 and 70% depending on whether you choose a factory refurbished or third party refurbished model. You need to investigate the options here. Some products come with an extended warranty. However, the factory refurbished models are usually the only models that come with a manufacturers warranty.

Tip #3: Consider whether you want a plasma TV, straight LCD TV or high definition LCD TV. Plasma TV’s offer the best image detail but are not as bright as LCD Tv’s. High definition LCD TV’s basically double the image rate at which you view the image in a second, which means you’ll experience a higher quality picture. You will need to examine the options here and make a choice.

Tip #4: Avoid buying a LCD Television at auction until you determine whether your purchase will be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. In some jurisdictions, despite the fact that the product may be new and you are purchasing at a discount through a retailer, the manufacturers warranty may be void by law.

Tip #5: Consider the size: You will need to put some thought into your viewing environment to determine the size and shape. If you have a large room and seating is dispersed, you will need to consider what size is appropriate for the room.

Tip #6: You will need to consider the light levels of the room. Different models may be appropriate depending on the light intensity levels. Brighter TV’s will enhance the viewing experience if the environment is dark.

Tip #7: Consider your budget. This will help to refine your options. There will always be price, feature and size trade offs. Once you know your limit you can confine the options. You should consider researching online to find the best bang for your buck. You may be lucky enough to pick up a great deal through a sale.

Consider the above advice and do a little research online. You’ll be a more informed consumer and make a wiser choice. You may even save yourself considerable money if you happen to find a great deal.

01. March 2016 · Comments Off on 15 Tips for Creating a Strong Digital Marketing Strategy around Your TV Commercial · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

1. Create a Landing Page

Create a dedicated landing page frkg-digital-strategy-for-tvor your campaign. This page should be the home base for your television commercial content and offering. It will help interested TV viewers find your site and learn more about your campaign.

2. Optimize It

Make sure the content on that landing page matches how users would look for the content from your TV campaign. Optimize meta elements, include on page content that informs users about your campaign, and encourage prospective customers to learn more about your brand and your offering.

3. Be Mobile Friendly

Make sure mobile users can access and digest content. Mobile is a strong medium for potential customers to access your site, make it easy for them to find and interact with your brand.

4. Earn High Quality Backlinks

Just like you have to market your product or service, you need to market your campaign online too. Earning backlinks from influencers in your space will take that campaign content from “just there” to “everywhere (you want to be)”.

5. Close the Gap Between TV and Digital

With a little planning, you can close the gap between your TV ad and the digital world. Include searchable content in your TV ad like a landing page URL or unique hashtag. This gives prospective customers clear direction on how to find you and interact with your brand.

Keep the Conversation Going on Social

6. Engage

When a user engages with your brand on social, send personalized responses that reflect the voice of your brand. Social is an excellent medium for building relationships with your customers. Use their interest in your TV campaign to bring them into your social circles and use great engagement on social to keep them in your client base. Growing your social audience also gives you a strong community from which you can draw future content strategy ideas.

7. Keep the Conversation Going!

Transfer offline ideas to online conversation. Introduce the idea of the campaign on social media and keep a conversation going around hashtags, your brand, and your campaign theme.

8. Introduce Unique Content

Give social its own flavor. You may have started the campaign in your commercial, but continue that idea on social. Include related content or creative additions to that TV ad in your social posts.

Drive Direct Response with Paid Search, Display, and EmailPaid Search

9. Plan for Full Keyword Coverage

Advertise on your brand and any non-brand terms related to your campaign. Paid search lets you pay for the top spot in the SERPs and capture that valuable traffic you’re driving from your television ad.

10. Connect Ad copy and Landing pages

Coordinate your ad copy and landing pages with your TV campaign. Make sure you’re referencing commercial content in your ad copy and sending users to your dedicated landing page where they can learn more about your television campaign and brand.

11. Don’t Forget about Mobile

Mobile searchers make up a big part of site visits. Figure out their true value (taking conversions, cross-device conversions, and in-store traffic and purchases driven by mobile visitors into account) and bid mobile ads appropriately.

12. Customize Like Crazy

Use display advertising to push out the message in your TV campaign to your most promising prospects. Place a pixel on the dedicated landing page to retarget customers that have already visited your page. Also consider using prospecting to get your ad in front of customers that are in market for your product or closely match your target demographic, even if they haven’t found your site yet.

13. Re-affirm Your Message in Display Creative

Coordinate display creative with your TV ad and send users to that targeted landing page to pull your very best prospects back onto your site.

14. Send it

Include your most engaged customers in your campaign by reaching out to them directly. Send an email with your campaign’s value proposition and how to take advantage of it to your existing customer base to drive strong direct response.

15. Customize and Optimize

Make sure your content is viewable no matter how readers are accessing it. Mobile-friendly emails are a must for getting a great response. Also customize your message to your unique users. Tweak your message or its presentation so it resonates with each unique group of customers’ motivations and interests. Get more bang for spending those big bucks on TV. Use these simple tips to make your television campaign resonate in the digital world.

22. February 2016 · Comments Off on Tips for Buying a Cool TV · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

A Short History of TV: The Magic of 3 Colors — RGB

TV has advanced together with our knowledge of how light can be generated. Since Scottish inventor John Logie Baird introduced the very first mechanical TV in 1925, marvelous advancements have been made to TV technology. But the foundation of color TV—the primary colors Red, Green and Blue (RGB)—is still the same as it was the first color transmissions were developed back in the 1930s and 1940s.

In fact, the emergence of the latest TV trend—thin, flat and sometimes curvy—started only about 10 years ago. In the history of TV, CRT TV dominated the market for a long period during the 20th century. It may be surprising that inside every cathode ray tube are electron guns. The TV functions when the electron guns fire three electron beams (one for each color) through a vacuum tube at a glass plate covered with a phosphorescent screen, causing the phosphors to emit light.

Despite being the dominant display technology for so long, CRT TVs have several limitations. Because the electron beams need to be the same length to all parts of the display, the screen curves away from the viewer, creating an uncomfortable surface for viewing. Additionally, a certain distance between the display and electron guns is essential, resulting in difficulty in making CRT TVs thin, and the glass screens were thick and heavy. As a result, CRT TVs have lost popularity as new display technologies arise.

TV has advanced together with our knowledge of how light can be generated. Since Scottish inventor John Logie Baird introduced the very first mechanical TV in 1925, marvelous advancements have been made to TV technology. But the foundation of color TV—the primary colors Red, Green and Blue (RGB)—is still the same as it was the first color transmissions were developed back in the 1930s and 1940s.

In fact, the emergence of the latest TV trend—thin, flat and sometimes curvy—started only about 10 years ago. In the history of TV, CRT TV dominated the market for a long period during the 20th century. It may be surprising that inside every cathode ray tube are electron guns. The TV functions when the electron guns fire three electron beams (one for each color) through a vacuum tube at a glass plate covered with a phosphorescent screen, causing the phosphors to emit light.

Despite being the dominant display technology for so long, CRT TVs have several limitations. Because the electron beams need to be the same length to all parts of the display, the screen curves away from the viewer, creating an uncomfortable surface for viewing. Additionally, a certain distance between the display and electron guns is essential, resulting in difficulty in making CRT TVs thin, and the glass screens were thick and heavy. As a result, CRT TVs have lost popularity as new display technologies arise.

The Rise of the Flat Screen
Beginning around the year 2000, the CRT era began to give way to lighter, flat screens. Before this time, it was difficult to imagine hanging a TV on the wall, but with PDPs and LCDs, wall-mounted TVs dramatically changed the interior of people’s homes.

The first alternative to CRTs to gain popularity was the PDP TV. As the name suggests, PDP uses plasma to generate light, making it thinner. Plasma is one of the four fundamental states of matter, but is not a solid, liquid or gas. It refers to the electrically neutral state when the number of positive and negative charged particles, or ions, is equal. The northern lights in the Arctic and lightning are two natural examples of plasma light. A PDP is made of two glass plates surrounding millions of phosphor-coated, gas-filled cells. When electric stimulation is produced, gas is discharged and light is emitted. Because PDPs use inert gas, there is little risk of explosion from this unique chemical reaction. There are two panes of glass, in front and behind, that protect from leaking gas. This makes PDP TVs slightly heavy, but safe.

PDPs were successful in making flat screen TVs more popular, due to a clear picture quality that was great for watching movies and sold at reasonable prices. Now, the number of PDP models is on the decline. PDPs use high voltage when discharging gas, resulting in high energy consumption and heat generation. A rather dark screen required additional power. Issues of longevity required even more voltage to generate a brighter picture. Limitations such as these made way for the next evolution in TV displays.

LCD displays addressed the disadvantages of PDPs, and have become the latest trend in TV technology. Almost 99 percent of TVs sold globally today are LCD-based TVs. Unlike PDPs and OLED TVs, which produce light on their own, LCD TVs use a backlight in the rear panel that passes through a color filter to produce a range of colors. The liquid crystal layer is located between the backlight and the color filter, blocking any color that must not go out.

Because LCD TVs use a separate backlight, the screens are brighter without sacrificing the lifespan of the TV. The human eye is more sensitive to brighter screens than darker screens, which is a major reason LCDs have become the most popular type of display today.

As for LED TVs, the explanation is fairly simple. They are simply LCD TVs that use small, long-lasting LEDs for backlight. It’s hard to believe that a fluorescent lamp is inside each display. Previously, LCD TVs used parts in the shape of fluorescent lamps for backlighting, such as cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL). But these days, most LCDs use LED backlights, so the terms are almost interchangeable.

OLED is a technology that emerged more recently in the TV market. It uses millions of RGB organic LED pixels to generate light without the need of a backlight, producing more precise and deep blacks and colors. OLEDs can also be made flexible and just a few millimeters thick.

Why then do OLED TVs make up just a little over 0.1 percent of the market eight years after launching?

RGB OLED is very useful technology for mobile devices and today is most commonly used in smartphones.But OLED TVs currently in the market use white OLED (WOLED), a deviation from the RGB OLED. OLED displays produce colors on their own without the need of a color filter, but a color filter still exists in WOLED TVs. Unlike LCD TVs that use LED as backlighting, OLED displays produce their own backlighting. At this stage, verification concerning lifespan and durability of RGB OLED screens for big TVs has not been completed.

LEDs to Lead the Future of TV
When consumers choose a TV, they consider elements such as picture quality, price, design and life span. Different display technologies have their own strengths, but the TV technology that is currently satisfying consumers the most is LED display technology. Market research groups agree, predicting that LED TVs will lead the market for some time. This is due to the manufacturers who are maximizing the strengths of LED TVs by overcoming the limitations of TV.

The price of early LED TVs was expensive, reaching thousands of dollars, but has since fallen significantly, and today screens larger than 50 inches can be purchased for less than $1,000. Today’s screens can be even thinner than 1 centimeter and are ever more flexible. In the TV market, Samsung Electronics has been the No. 1 leader for 10 years, and is continuing to lead the way in the curved LED TV market.

In terms of picture quality, the essence of TV, the progress of LED TVs has been spectacular. Along with the development of software like the picture quality engine, LED TVs use technology like wide color gamut (WCG), resulting in the production of the widest color range among existing displays, and offering a picture quality that is remarkably realistic.

Several other technologies have been hailed as the “future of TV”—3D, holograms, foldable TVs and more. But Samsung believes that the near future lies in combining LED TVs with Internet of Things (IoT), providing the highest picture quality and a comfortable viewing experience.

15. February 2016 · Comments Off on 6 Easy Tips To A Successful Interview On National Television · Categories: electronics · Tags:

#1 – Do your research
Learn what you can about the show, the hosts, and audience. The more you know the more prepared you’ll be.
#2 – Be brief and simple
Put yourself in the audience’s place. No one likes to hear a person go on and on about anything, Try to be fun and spontaneous. If you have a product to promote give the audience a quick tease or tell them a relatable story that might intrigue them enough to want to purchase it. Make sure you’re clear and confident about your message. Use good eye contact with the audience and the hosts and be sure to smile.
#3 – Have visual aids
Pictures, videos during an interview are fun for the audience. But make sure you’ve cleared your plan with the show’s producers. They need to know in advance what equipment they’ll need and whether they’ll have time to do the things you want.

#4 – Make an effort to be punctual
Always make sure arrive at the set on time…and that means at least 30 minutes to an hour early. Punctuality not only shows how much you appreciate being there; you also make it easier for the producers and staff preparing for the show. Always allow enough time for the unexpected—traffic problems, change of outfits, a swing by the school to drop off your kid’s notebook—you never know what can eat up the extra few minutes you thought you would have. Also be sure to get an emergency contact number in case running late is unavoidable.
#5 – Do something new
Try to do something original and unexpected. If you’ve got something you can share with the audience, devise a fun game for choosing recipients. Cooking demonstrations and makeovers with the help of the hosts and audience are always fun, but keep in mind, you have to give producers plenty of notice.
#6 – Looks matter
No matter what you’re talking about, if you’re on TV you have to be dressed for the part. Get enough rest the night before and get up early enough to get your hair, makeup and wardrobe together. Many shows won’t have the budget to cover these things and you want to look your best. Consider hiring or even bartering for services from hairdressers, make up artists and stylists.

08. February 2016 · Comments Off on tips to choose the right tvconsoles · Categories: electronics · Tags: , ,

TV consoles are one of the easiest ways to reduce clutter and streamline the look of a living room, family room or den. They make it easy to display your television while also keeping all of your electronic devices neatly organized, and with cords tucked out of sight.
There are many styles and options to choose from, from full media units to small stands designed to fit in a corner. When shopping for a new TV console there are several things you should keep in mind:
Size: Before you begin your search you will want to know the dimensions of your television. Be sure to measure the height, width and depth. Keep in mind that older CRT or “tube” televisions require fairly large TV consoles to accommodate their boxy size – particularly their larger depth dimensions. Flat screen TVs by comparison have very thin screens so do not have much depth, but are wider than a typical “tube” television.
You will want to select a stand that can comfortably fit your TV and does not cause it to extend over the sides. Ideally, you want to allow some extra room on each side, which will provide greater stability for your TV. Another thing to consider is if you will want additional room for items such as speakers, framed photos, or other decorative objects.
Height: There is no ideal height for a TV console. Television height really is a matter of personal preference, combined with the type of seating in the room where you will be watching TV. If you’re not sure which height is best for you, a good guideline is to purchase a TV stand that will place the TV so that the lower half of the screen is level to your sightline.
Shelving: There are many different options when it comes to shelving on a TV console, so the best choice for you depends on how many items you will want to store in your console. If you simply have a Blu-ray player and a cable box/DVR, two shelves will be sufficient. However, if you also want room for items such as a video game console, stereo system, records, DVDs, CDs, etc., you will definitely want to look at larger consoles with more shelving options. If possible, select a model with adjustable shelving so you can configure it to arrange your audio-video components and media library to your liking.

27. January 2016 · Comments Off on Tips for Your TV Interview · Categories: electronics · Tags:

Because few of us are under lights and camera on a daily basis, doing a TV interview can be nerve-wracking. With these few easy tips, it can be relaxed, effective, and even enjoyable.

Make sure your dress is professional and conservative, like a job interview. Don’t forget hair/grooming.
Avoid wearing very bright colors or attire with bright lines; TV news equipment sometimes distort these in ways that are distracting to viewers.
When standing in front of the camera, turn your body to the side just a bit so you are NOT facing the camera head-on. This makes you appear warmer and more inviting to those watching at home.
Make sure your posture is straight and erect. Avoid leaning forward toward the camera.
If a reporter is interviewing you in person, look at the reporter. Do not look into the camera. Think of the interview as a conversation between you and the reporter – ignore the camera.
Relax and be yourself.
Gesture with your hands. Don’t put them in your pockets, cross your arms, or stand with your arms at your sides. Gesturing with your hands will make you appear more natural.
Unless the interview is live, if you make a mistake, feel free to stop and ask if you can repeat yourself. But if you are being interviewed live on the air, simply correct yourself and move on.
Don’t forget to repeat your most important points or whatever you want viewers to take away from hearing you at the end of the interview.

11. January 2016 · Comments Off on TV can be good for you · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

Parents, you can keep those flash cards and alphabet books.

But there’s another device in your home that can help develop language and visual skills. It’s called — hold on to your remotes — the television set.
Instead of being simply society’s whipping boy and the root of all cultural evil, the so-called “idiot box” might actually boost test scores, especially in disadvantaged homes, a recently published study out of the University of Chicago says.

Even as it baby-sits electronically, the TV can be teaching both modes of learning and facts, other studies suggest, and keeping those who watch it from engaging in more destructive behaviors.

That’s the good news about the boob tube. There’s certainly bad, including the warning that “there’s no two-dimensional screen that can equal a three-dimensional caregiver,” says Dr. Donald Shifrin, the American Academy of Pediatrics spokesman on the impact of media on children. Then there’s the study showing kids who watch more TV do less reading.

But we’ll get to the numerous caveats — especially the one about “Desperate Housewives” being less helpful than “Sesame Street” — later.

For now, let’s deal with what many may find surprising.

The prevailing, almost unquestioning cultural bias against TV, especially among the upper-middle class, is nailed by the humor blog Stuff White People Like, which puts “Not having a TV” at No. 28 on the list.

“The number one reason why white people like not having a TV is so that they can tell you that they don’t have a TV,” the authors write. But there is an academic consensus, if not a popular-culture one, that TV may actually be useful as more than just a means for frazzled parents to buy a few moments of uninterrupted time or wind down mindlessly at day’s end.

“I used to laugh and say, ‘I did 25 years of research on children in television, and I can summarize it in one sentence: It’s the content that matters,'” says Aletha Huston, a professor of child development at the University of Texas.

“If used correctly, television can be a wonderful medium for kids. It can be a way of exposing them to the world. It can be a resource for kids to get to places and times they wouldn’t get to,” says Huston.

Yet, “it is a message that doesn’t get out there somehow,” she says, citing the surprisingly intense interest when “we published a study a few years ago showing the positive effects of ‘Sesame Street’ on early schoolkids’ performance.”

The Chicago study came out of the Graduate School of Business, where young economists have been looking at media and its effects. Although based on an old data set, it offers new confirmation of the evolving views of television.
Standardized testing of almost 350,000 6th, 9th and 12th-grade students showed that the students who had more exposure to television in early childhood did slightly better on the tests than those with less exposure.

“We find strong evidence against the view that childhood television viewing harms the cognitive or educational development of preschoolers,” write Jesse Shapiro and Matthew Gentzkow in the paper, published this year in the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

There’s a big caveat: The testing data are from 1965, because those kids had been around when television rolled out from city to city in the U.S., providing what essentially hasn’t been seen in the United States since, a large-scale, clear-cut, before-and-after comparison.

“It’s an open question how the ways in which television is different now than then would affect the data,” says Shapiro, an assistant professor of economics at the GSB.

But even with more recent data, another U. of C. economist, reached a similar conclusion to that of Shapiro and Gentzkow.

“Despite the conventional wisdom, watching television apparently does not turn a child’s brain to mush,” wrote Steven Levitt, with co-author Stephen Dubner, in the 2005 hit book “Freakonomics.”

They looked at a huge early-childhood study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education in the 1990s and found “no correlation,” they wrote, “between a child’s test scores and the amount of television he watches.”

One of the big questions for economists is not just examining an activity in isolation but considering what activity it replaces.

Psychological research shows that violence in media increases aggression, for example. But “violent crime decreases on days with larger theater audiences for violent movies,” another recent study of media effects found. The implication: However aggressive you may feel, you can’t do the crime if you don’t have the time.

Violent movies aren’t the same as children’s afternoon television shows. But Shapiro and Gentzkow also found that much of the impact of the medium they were studying seemed to be related to what activities it might be replacing.

02. January 2016 · Comments Off on The Good and Bad Effects of TV on Children · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

bad tvIt is hard to avoid television if you are a kid. People in the house are usually tuned in to TV – siblings as well as parents. In some homes, the television is perpetually “on” even without anyone watching. It is common for parents and caregivers to use TV as a substitute babysitter. Also, many parents buy videos that they think can make their kids smart. But how does watching TV really affect children?

The bad news is, the majority of experts think that a TV/video-driven culture has bad effects on kids – and may prevent kids from being smart. They cite the following:

TV provides no educational benefits for a child under age 2. Worse, it steals time for activities that actually develop her brain, like interacting with other people and playing. A child learns a lot more efficiently from real interaction – with people and things, rather than things she sees on a video screen.
TV viewing takes away the time that your child needs to develop important skills like language, creativity, motor, and social skills. These skills are developed in the kids’ first two years (a critical time for brain development) through play, exploration, and conversation. Your kid’s language skills, for example, do not improve by passively listening to the TV. It is developed by interacting with people, when talking and listening is used in the context of real life.
TV viewing numbs your kid’s mind as it prevents your child from exercising initiative, being intellectually challenged, thinking analytically, and using his imagination.
TV viewing takes away time from reading and improving reading skills through practice (Comstock, 1991). Kids watching cartoons and entertainment television during pre-school years have poorer pre-reading skills at age 5 (Macbeth, 1996). Also, kids who watch entertainment TV are also less likely to read books and other print media (Wright & Huston, 1995).
According to Speech and language expert Dr. Sally Ward, 20 years of research show that kids who are bombarded by background TV noise in their homes have trouble paying attention to voices when there is also background noise.
Kids who watch a lot of TV have trouble paying attention to teachers because they are accustomed to the fast-paced visual stimulation on TV. Kids who watch TV more than they talk to their family have a difficult time adjusting from being visual learners to aural learners (learning by listening). They also have shorter attention spans.
School kids who watch too much TV also tend to work less on their homework. When doing homework with TV on the background, kids tend to retain less skill and information. When they lose sleep because of TV, they become less alert during the day, and this results in poor school performance.
A long-term study conducted by the Millennium Cohort Study and published in 2013 found that children who watched more than 3 hours of television, videos, or DVDs a day had a higher chance of conduct problems, emotional symptoms and relationship problems by age 7 than children who did not. Notably, they did not find the same problem with children who played video games for the same amount of time.
TV exposes your kid to negative influences, and promotes negative behavior. TV shows and commercials usually show violence, alcohol, drug use and sex in a positive light. The mind of your kid is like clay. It forms early impressions on what it sees, and these early impressions determine how he sees the world and affect his grown-up behavior. For instance, twenty years of research has shown that children who are more exposed to media violence behave more aggressively as kids and when they are older. They are taught by TV that violence is the way to resolve conflict – as when a TV hero beats up a bad guy to subdue him.
Kids who watch too much TV are usually overweight, according to the American Medical Association. Kids often snack on junk food while watching TV. They are also influenced by commercials to consume unhealthy food. Also, they are not running, jumping, or doing activities that burn calories and increase metabolism. Obese kids, unless they change their habits, tend to be obese when they become adults. A recent study confirms this finding, suggesting that even just an hour of TV is associated with childhood obesity.

28. December 2015 · Comments Off on 10 Tips for a Healthy Viewing Experience · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

1. Make Smart Choices
Allow your children to view programs that are age-appropriate and tailored specifically to them. Programming for babies and toddlers should be designed by experts.

2. Set Limits
Limit the amount of time you allow your child to watch television. This will ensure that you and your baby doesn’t spend a disproportionate amount of time in front of the TV when you can be enjoying other activities such as reading or playing outside.

3. Join Your Child
Take the opportunity to bond even further and share in your child’s TV viewing experience. It not only makes for great cuddle time, but it also allows you to actively participate in your child’s development.

4. Share Emotions
Television viewing is an emotional experience for your baby or toddler, so acknowledge when he expresses emotions such as delight or puzzlement. With a limited ability to verbally communicate, it’s important to share in his feelings as they occur.

5. Keep Programming Fresh and New
Babies are naturally inclined to repeat something they’ve enjoyed. Be sure to continually refresh the programs you select so your baby is exposed to new and exciting things.

6. Maintain Control
Don’t leave to chance what your toddler watches on TV. As the parent, you are the gatekeeper for what your child views, so keep a constant lookout to make sure she doesn’t inadvertently discover the “on” button.

7. Diversify Content
Introduce a broad range of programs to your baby or toddler featuring many different experiences. Not only will this help keep her interest, but it also ensures that she is introduced to a broad range of items.

8. Talk About It
Even though your toddler may have a limited vocabulary, he is still actively listening and discovering. Talk about what you just viewed to keep him engaged while building upon the experience.

9. Encourage Memory Recall
Optimize your toddler’s television viewing by exercising her memory skills once the program is completed. Ask her questions about the program such as the name of her favorite character, the noise the animal made, the song she liked best, the colors she saw, the story that was told, etc.

10. Have Fun
Spending quality time with your child is the most rewarding part of being a parent, so make it fun! Most importantly, you and your child should have fun no matter what activity you engage in.