How does TV affect toddlers? Show Notes

Friday, February 28, 2014 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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There’s more research out on the impact of TV on toddlers, and the news is not good.   

PluggedIn.com is reporting on a new study done in Canada, in which 2,000 families were asked to keep track of their toddler’s TV time each day.  Then the researchers compared the amount of screen time with behavior and developmental problems that emerged later in kindergarten.

They found that the kids who watched more than three hours of TV per day had lower vocabulary and math skills and shorter attention spans.  

Interestingly, those kids were also more likely to be bullied. And every extra hour of daily TV viewing past the three-hour mark noticeably worsened those outcomes.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids under two don’t watch ANY television, and they say that older kids should not spend more than two hours a day in front of a screen.  

And here’s another media study that parents should know about.  

Teens who spend more than three hours a day playing violent video games daily may be impairing their moral development.

That’s according to research done at Brock University in Ontario, Canada.

The researchers believe that excessive exposure to violent images and less time spent in real relationships make it more difficult for teens to tell right from wrong.  

And here’s another troubling finding---teens who engage in a lot of violent gaming were less likely to have empathy for the real-life suffering of others.  And we all know THAT can’t be good.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.
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