We have all seen the "educational" shows marketed for children today, advertised in just the way that make parents think showing their children these shows are necessary for their child to ever succeed in life. That is just not the truth. While studies have show that television shows and movies aimed at children that claim to help them learn (such as Sesame Street) do help teach basic children basic numbers and letters and some social interaction skills, extended amounts of even an educational program can stifle a preschool age child's development socially and creatively.When preschool aged children interact with other children and are left of their own accord to play, they form very important and necessary social skills. Studies show a direct correlation between the amount of television watch by early childhood aged children and between how they score when assessed in a social situation. An added benefit to children playing away from the television includes not only higher scores in social situations that are assessed, but play, especially make-believe assist a child to develop more of the skills needed for logical thinking, sustained attention, memory, language, literacy and many many more skills actually needed to succeed in life. So next time you are tempted to turn on the television to use a little bit of electronic baby-sitting, stop and think about if your child needs more or less television exposure.