Posted on 12/23/2013 at 07:40 AM by Global Reach

Do you want your preschooler to be successful in school? Then pay attention to the latest research that warns that TV, DVDs, computers, video games and other electronic media draw children away from play and lead to lost ground on brain development.  Too much screen time is linked to delays in reading, writing and problem-solving.

Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (TRUCE) is an organization that helps teachers and parents deal with the harmful impact of media and commercial culture on children’s play behavior and school success. Their website is and following are some areas they highlight.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends NO screen time for children under two. After age two, TRUCE advises that young children have only very limited and thoughtfully planned use of screens. This is because screen time has been linked to delayed language acquisition, irregular sleep patterns, a decrease in math scores and overall school achievement in later childhood and higher levels of aggression.

Young children need to play—to pretend, build, bounce, climb and explore their way through the world around them.  TRUCE states that play with blocks and other hands-on materials boosts math and science skills such as counting, sorting and sequencing.  Pretend play improves pre-reading skills such as vocabulary, comprehension and recall.  Play with dolls, stuffed animals or even a cardboard box enhances imagination and logical thinking.  Also, playing with other children, and without screens, builds social and language skills.

It’s simple, yet difficult, but it must be done—turn off the screens and turn on the play!

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