The Implications of TV and Screen Time on the Cognitive Development of Children and the Benefits of Partaking in Art Activities
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree Granting Institution
Notre Dame de Namur University
John Lemmon, PhD
Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC
Ellen McCabe-Wackewitz, MFT, ATR-BC
Over the years children have adapted to entertainment through mediums such as the radio, internet, and television. Parents have accustomed to letting those media be a distraction to the children as a way to keep the children inside and safe. Being outdoors has occasionally proven to be dangerous to children in the United States. Children are being affected by the idea that staying inside means more TV time. By teaching the parents to decrease the time a child watches TV, then the child will increase their cognitive and physical development by using art as an alternative. Four children and their parents participated in this study to explore how children might be engaged in creative art activities in the home and the impact of these activities has on their television viewing habits. It was found that there was a positive correlation between the improvement in test scores and the enjoyment of the art or being without any technology for one hour each day.
Binlot, Marie A., "The Implications of TV and Screen Time on the Cognitive Development of Children and the Benefits of Partaking in Art Activities" (2013). Art Therapy | Master's Theses in Print. 254.