Children and The Television – What kind of relationship?

Children and The Television - What kind of relationship?

Like it or not, television educates the listener and the beholder. For this reason, it is important that parents have control over the device as the content may not be appropriate for children.

In this case, it is necessary that parents agree with the values ​​that are being broadcast on television and to accept that their children can behave like many of the characters that exist in this.

Education is a right and a duty of the family, it should not be the responsibility of anyone else until they have knowledge and approve what is transmitted to the child.

There is no doubt that television can entertain, amuse, inform, teach and to accompany children, but can also have undesirable influences.

Most of the time, the TV can teach children things that are inappropriate or incorrect, that because for them it is difficult to distinguish between the fantasy presented on television and reality.

However, the problems and bad influences not only the result envisioned programs, but also the hundreds of commercials with which we are bombarded all the time. Many of them, encourage unhealthy eating habits, stimulate consumption, induce alcohol consumption and promote lifestyles that combine the possession of luxuries the factors of success, happiness and well-being.

Violence on television, according to research in psychology, negatively affects children and young people.

Among the main effects, children may become less sensitive to pain and suffering, feel greatest fears and become more aggressive.

In addition to these negative effects, the time a child spends watching television inhibits it to perform many other important activities such as reading, school work,  games, interaction with family and social development activities those that directly contribute to their physical, psychological and intellectual development.

At a time when often both parents have professional occupations, children have increasingly more time in which they are unaccompanied.

In this context, it is essential to make a daily effort so that children can talk about their daily lives, of their activities and even when they are in school, they should keep in touch with parents.

Research indicates that after watching the programs with violent content children will have a greater likelihood of committing violent acts also. This negative influence is also reflected in further discussions, aggression, tendency to disobey and to show impatience.

According to other studies, these television programs are the factor that best relates to the aggressive behavior of children, surpassing other factors linked to economic and social, racial factors or parental behavior.

So to combat this problem, it is essential to explain to children the difference between reality and fiction. Studies also indicate that parents have a great influence to mediate the situation.

Tips to help parents in the choice of television programs

  • It is advisable to reduce the the number of hours children spend in front of the television and you should ban violent programs.
  • It is essential that parents should watch the program with their children, as well, can take advantage of the favorable occasions to discuss the content of what is seen and what is conveyed by the advertisements.
  • Regarding the TV series, it will also be important to watch at least one episode in order to understand their content and to be able to discuss it with the children.
  • Parents can also motivate children to watch programs that demonstrate aid situations, solidarity, love and understanding and that are appropriate to their level of development.
  • Another way to control what children see, is disallow children to have a TV in the room.
  • Parents also should not allow the children to perform school tasks with the television on, as this is to divert the child’s attention.
  • The TV should also not remain on during mealtime, because this should be a time of fellowship among family members.

With a proper guidance, children learn to use television in a constructive and healthy way.


Children and the Internet

Children and the Internet

It is the concern of many parents and educators that a negative relationship can be established between the children and the Internet.

On the one hand comprise up the internet advantages in information issues, fun and learning.

On the other, there are the dangers of being like TV or (in limit) the world around us, one ALL communication vehicle – the good and the bad …

Protecting the children from adult content without preventing you access to all that fantastic exist on the Internet?

We will not here to explain what the Internet is, as you browse it and a site designed for children, but we will refer more good things of this medium:
– The ease of finding what is sought (search engines and search by topics);
– Happy integration of text, animation and image, which motivates and captivates for the transmission of information;
– The advantage of not having time limit: “never closes”;
– Being, despite the precautions, a means to relate to others.

But there are downsides, besides the “most dangerous” we have already mentioned:
– The information is not always correct (and is often incomplete);
– For spelling errors that will “passing” for the correction of concern is not always present;
– Can “indulge” and cause relationship problems and also physical order (vision, posture, etc.);
– A source of charges (even though the trend is to decrease, but the content of the payable is increasing).

Now, a reflection.

Outside the familiar environment (home), children often browse in group, ie they are with friends or with your best friend in front of the screen to play, to communicate, to play.

To those who criticize the Internet as something that promotes isolation, it is an easy attitude to observe in children when surfing at school or in public places.

However, we admit that as we advance in age, it is actually a solitary action.

How to protect children from browsing undesirable websites?

child-internetAs with the TV or the press, ban is not always the solution. We argue that the clarification and dialogue turn out to be more constructive.

However, when these paths are not viable, it is important that parents and educators know that they can “stop” or “filter” some sites, based on programs that perform this function.

These systems block access when the “make run” a list of words or unwanted images, preventing access to the site.

These lists can be customized in some cases. Additionally can also restrict access to “x” times a day / time and space data allow supervision (and recording) access and actions.

We will not refer here to protect these sites because there are new with great frequency and may downgrade our list.

Normally, the “secure” sites make use of adult whenever necessary and no risk to the placement of sensitive or inappropriate materials.

In the universe of the net in English are already certified sites and secured for children.

5 Online Safety Rules

Teach children that, without prior knowledge of the adult and without their authorization:

1 – Do not give your phone number or address with no security guarantees.

2 – we should not arrange meetings with someone you met on the Internet.

3 – Do not send photos or other documentation without authorization.

4 – Do not respond to poorly educated or inappropriate messages.

5 – Do not open unknown messages (because of the virus and the like).

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Why a child needs a picture book?

Learn How to Stimulate Children’s Creativity

Learn How to Stimulate Children's Creativity

Creativity is a fundamental right of children. It is an important component for a full and satisfying life. The creativity of an individual is required for the development and progress of society, because the small children of today will be the adults of tomorrow. Today if your child create a drawing of an intergalactic robot then tomorrow he can create technologies that facilitate the lives of many people. So do not overlook his ideas and encourage him to create and invent more and more.

Looking at the children, we can see that they are more open to new ideas. They have an innovative way of thinking and better problem solving abilities than adults.

Creativity is a human characteristic that manifests itself in many fields and contexts, from works of art, design and craft to scientific experiments and entrepreneurship.

Creative people possess and understand the reasons for stimulating children’s creativity:

  • Ability to discover and identify the problems.
  • Great power of frustration tolerance.
  • Ability to manage a large number of playful mood ideas.
  • Action and reflection flexibility.
  • A lot of energy.
  • Certainty in judgments and evaluations.
  • Extensive knowledge in various areas.
  • Ability to solve problems creatively.

A more creative learning improves academic performance of children and increases their social skills. An art class, for example, is a great form of education coupled with creativity, because we can learn a lot about war and human nature through a discussion.

75% of countries that participated in the studies found that arts eductaion had improved academic achievement, particularly in literacy and language learning.

It is important to mention that the quality and intensity of the creative process does not depend on the material used. As for the child, the important things are those with which they can establish a meaningful relationship. So these are emotions and relationships that represent a fundamental part of the creative process. And the most important is that the children have space and freedom to explore their creativity. You can try out ideas and make mistakes without being charged.

Check out some tips to stimulate the creativity of children:

Learn How to Stimulate Children's Creativity

  1. Read to your child every day. About 20 minutes are sufficient.
  2. Let the child can pick up the toys alone, leaving them in a place of easy access . This also serves to their books.
  3. Spend a day in the schedule to cook together and let them choose what they wish to prepare, it will cause them to make decisions in a pleasant way and confer the result of what they did.
  4. Take your child in exhibitions and museums tell about the artists and ask what he thinks of the works exhibited.
  5. When your child has an idea, you show a drawing or tell something new, show your interest and encourage him to do so again.
  6. Listen to music together and try to memorize the lyrics, then play to invent rhymes and new songs.
  7. A simple trip to the grocery can teach many interesting things, such as the origin of the food, the way that products are to arrive at our table, types of packaging and which may or may not be recycled.
  8. Give toys that stimulate the imagination and creativity of kid.
  9. When your child reaches the school ask how was your day and ask for details, it will make him feel how important it is to study and what happens there.

Why a child needs a picture book?

Experts explain why the illustration is so important in the narrative and give tips on how to choose a picture book for your children.

By turning an idea into something reality, illustrated book further fuels the child’s fantasy. Recent research on teaching concluded that the best performing students are not the ones who read the classics. The important thing is to allow children access to a variety of reading styles and the pleasure of choosing what they want to read.

Special Importance of Reading

special importance of readingReading is a powerful habit that makes us know worlds and ideas. Discover the importance of reading for all ages!

Today, reading a picture book does not mean read text and image is this and more. You enjoy the format, use the framework, the relationship between the cover and the guards and its contents, the text of poetry conjunction with the poetry of design….

The child, who has nothing silly, give attention to all this spontaneously, you perceive around the world from the images. On a daily basis, if you try to read a story with your children, does not work. They want anyway follow the narrative with the illustration that exists on every page… As time passes, however, the small grow up and lose this direct communication with the visual world. “Overall, we are encouraged to read only the text, focus on it … The picture book is to develop our visual education that is very precarious.

To transform the idea, the concept into something real, illustrated book feeds the fantasy, enhancing its must-read paper since childhood. For one simple reason: “Imagination is a component of intelligence and creativity,”.

One of the qualities of the picture book (or book image) is thus to train the eye of the player so that he understands all the artistic subtleties of the work at hand. About six years now, including the production of this type of work is so complex that its creator no longer recognized only as an illustrator, but author a full work (sometimes with text, sometimes with only images) by leading publishers in the country. It is a niche market that continues to grow, by the way. It’s a time of great trial, approach to the visual arts in its production, – confirms BlueBerry Illustrations, a children book illustrtor company, having a team of artists and teachers.

The illustrated book is an opportunity to take home a sophisticated art that encourages the education, something important not only for the child but also for parents.

How to Choose a picture book?

how to choose a picture bookIllustrated book is ageless. It is universal, attracting audience from child to adult. Okay, but how do you know which book is suitable for the child? Here are the few tips:-

Choosing the right publisher

Look the shelf of your favorite editor at the bookstore- there is almost always a predilection for titles already published by a particular publisher, what quality assurance also serves in relation to the picture book.

Observe how the design attracts the child

Illustrated book draws attention for the design, and going to determine the purchase. Remember, your child is being aesthetically educated, hence it is very important that the design will present to him. This design must be original, attracting the interest of the child from the very beginning. It’s a design that experience and dares, which enriches children’s understanding.

Prefer handmade illustrations

The design reveals more which was produced handmade! A good illustration is one that serves as a fingerprint of its creator.

Search themes interests of the child

Prefer topics that are of interest of your child – for example: if they like dinosaurs? Look for books with this kind of illustration, there is plenty of books in this niche.

Search book content on the internet

Before going to the bookstore, do a search on the publisher’s website. Today you can flip through the first five pages, feeling beforehand the quality of the book you want to buy for your child.


The Story of Fredric Mouse by Mark Transki

As we grow up, we lose the habit of reading children’s stories. There is a moment in life, where we crossed an invisible boundary that we have created, separating the literature aimed the younger one that is geared for a more adult audience. And, until eventually return to have contact with children, we forget a genre that accompanied us for a certain period of our development.

However, the magic and the message of children’s stories, though often different depending on the age of the reader, is timeless. Adults, those gentlemen who accumulate years of existence and (in theory!) A lot of wisdom, tend to forget the most simple messages, morals of a work that is so simple it is, to be ignored.

Mark Transki, widely acclaimed children book writer, is a versatile author, with various types of children story books. And if Transki is able to create a story that is widely appreciated by adults, it is undeniable that the younger audience also closely follows through story books such as “The Story of Fredric Mouse.” This time, Mark Transki again brings you a story which main characters are animals.

The Story of Fredric Mouse

The story of Fredric mouse is a children story book that illustrate the life of a mouse (rat) who sometimes falls in trouble when he does not listen to his parents. The plot begins for us to introduce the Fredric mouse and, his relationship and experience with his family.

The simplicity of the plot is typical of a targeted children’s story. The book is sprinkled with beautiful illustrations. There are also some outstanding sentences, all of them related to the value of respect and carefulness. However, the story, though simple, is endowed with a unique beauty, highlighting the coexistence between a mouse and its parents, as well as the ability to face the adversities of life through this story book. Children will appreciate the beauty of the images and history, adults will probably put up in place of Fredric, if they have had during childhood, an animal to them was deeply loved.

The story of Fredric Mouse is a short piece, very accessible to the younger and older audience. It’s a beautiful book, as Transki knows to do, ideal for those who like to feel a simple comfort when reading a story. Children will enjoy reading, and adults too.

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Reading Stories can Modify the Brain

For readers, the fact that stories can change a person is nothing new. But a new study shows that reading a story book can bring real change in the brain, which persist for a few days even after the book ends.

Stories help shape our lives, and sometimes help define a person. We want to understand how they enter our brain, and we are able to do with it.

While other research in this area began to use MRI to identify brain networks associated with reading, especially as people read, the natural effects of the story remain in the brain after this activity.

Researchers do not yet know how to say how far these changes can go, but they have persisted for at least the first five days after the reading, analyzed in this study. “The fact that these effects detected a few days after reading a novel randomly suggests that favorite novels of a person can trigger more intense and lasting effects,” says the researcher.

Until the Next Year!

So, We have a weekend of wonderful year!

We want to thank the audience in 2015 and say that many stories await us in 2016. We will, through books, meeting places and feelings, to dream, imagine and build even stronger ties – with charming flavor and tree house.

The Story of Fredric MouseThank you for caring and for sharing so many moments with us!

Merry Christmas and New Year! Enjoy, rest, play, and read everything you can.

A hug from Mark Transki. >> Several illustrations by our favorite BlueBerry Illustrations.

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