Experts say that learning comes in different forms. Visual learning for instance allows individuals to stimulate their minds through images. These images become even more effective catalysts of learning when they are paired with sound. One effective tool for developing visual learning is the television. However, according to a study by Babette Moeller on the use of television as a medium of learning, “Traditionally, educators have perceived television as not particularly beneficial to literacy development”. Concerns were raised with regard to people spending more time watching TV rather than studying or doing other productive undertakings.

Children’s attachment to the television may be well brought by their lack of other activities, most likely because of minimal exposure and options to indulge in such. TV is the safest thing they can have as companion next to their parents or peers. However, children cannot just stare at the television all day and expect to be healthy and happy at the same time. Too much TV time hinders children from developing other skills as well as maintaining an active lifestyle. No matter how cliché it may sound, “Health is certainly wealth”. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is something taught not post-adolescence or pre-adulthood. Instead, healthy lifestyle must be inculcated in children at an age when they are capable of understanding its value and what it can do for them.

The hidden principle when it comes to physical activity is that it is better for an individual to have little exercise than not to have any at all. Every parent knows that playing outside is good for their kids. It is for this reason that they should allow their children to enjoy the sun on a good day. Below are some of the benefits of encouraging children to go active by extending playtime and lessening TV hours.

Builds a stronger immune system.
The best way to protect children from diseases is by allowing them to get exposed to foreign elements. Keeping children away from harmful elements may just cause them to develop autoimmune disorders. Playing outside therefore may help strengthen the child’s immune system.

Encourages Creative thinking.
Playing outside helps children ripen their resourcefulness, which is something that television, video games, computers and other gadgets, cannot do. When exposed outside, children develop a sense of creativity that allows them to have a better experience playing with friends.

Promotes Problem Solving Skills.
Children who play outside learn how to solve real life problems better than children who are always in their rooms playing video games or secluding themselves. They also learn to deal with friends and build better relationships with the latter.

Source of Vitamin D.
It’s important that children get Vitamin D, provided by the sun. Vitamin D helps promote better temperaments, energy levels, retention, overall fitness and a lot more.

Below is a helpful infographic on just how much a child spends in front of the TV, highlighting the importance of the points mentioned above: