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Do your children watch Cocomelon? Here are the things you need to be aware of

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If you can hear the rhyme in your mind or the bee buzzing of Cocomelon, you likely have a toddler at home watching this. Cocomelon surely made its way to be a household name for its catchy tunes and colourful animations. Its repeatable songs are easy to remember. Children like the adorable, colourful characters. 

Cocomelon promotes friendship, assistance, and learning. It's a quick approach for parents to get their kids' attention. However, the rapid popularity of this YouTube channel sparked concerns among experts about its potential impact on early childhood development. 

Jerrica Sannes, an expert in early childhood, development and education, claimed the show was not only overstimulating, it's also likely to cause behavioural problems and attention disorders due to its fast scene sequences, highly colourized imagery, unnatural character representations, and flashy quick pop-ups. 

The scenes in Cocomelon change quickly, which can be too stimulating for babies' and toddlers' still-developing brains. Babies need time to process what they are hearing and seeing, which might be difficult for them to do when watching Cocomelon due to the fast-paced nature of the program.

There is a lot of colour in the presentation. Bright colours appeal to babies, but if too much activity surrounds them, they could get overstimulated. Babies may become overstimulated and find it difficult to focus if the images on Cocomelon are frequently particularly colourful and highly saturated.

On Cocomelon, the characters are exaggerated and have a comedic feel. They have perfect features, big eyes, and exaggerated facial expressions. As a result, infants could have irrational assumptions about how others look.

Flashy pop-ups that appear very quickly can be found on Cocomelon. These unforeseen events can frighten and divert young children. They might also make it difficult for young children to focus on the show's narrative.

Some research suggests that excessive screen time may harm children's development. According to a study in the journal Pediatrics, children who watch more than two hours of television daily are likelier to exhibit hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders.

What parents can do

Watch shows with your baby. This will allow you to monitor their reactions and ensure they are not getting overstimulated. Talk to them, as kids love speaking about their shows.

Try co-viewing 'Trash truck' if your child is 2 years old and above. They contain neutral and natural colours, low scene changes, a steady background and simple music.

To say the Top 10 better screentime shows, we get The Snowy Day, If You Give a Mouse A Cookie, Trash Truck, Angela's Christmas, Bug Diaries, Guess How Much I Love You, Stell and Sam, Elinor Wonders Why, Daniel Tiger's Neighbourhood, Puffin Rock.

The characters speak in normal voices and use a rich vocabulary within conversation. The high-quality storyline provides a context for the vocabulary. They are cautious not to distract character conversations with loud music and distracting sound effects. Most importantly, they model kindness, empathy, pro-social skills, friendship and emotional intelligence.

Cocomelon's vibrant animations and catchy tunes have undoubtedly captured the hearts of many young viewers. However, parents must be aware of the potential drawbacks of fast-paced animations, highly colourized imagery, unnatural character representations, and flashy quick pop-ups.

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