Saturday, October 13, 2007

Kill Your Television

Or send it to its room for a timeout.

A recent study found that 32% of 2- to 7-year-olds and 65% of 8- to 18-year-olds have television sets in their bedrooms. The average child in the U.S. watches television an average of 3 hours a day. This figure increases to 6.5 hours a day if other media such as videotapes and video games are included.

Although television may serve as a positive educational medium, several negative associations have been described, including increased violent and aggressive behavior, poor body image, substance use, early sexual activity and obesity. The American Association of Pediatrics recommends limiting children's total media time to no more than 1-2 hours a day of quality programming and removing TVs from children's bedrooms.

Okay - maybe you shouldn't send the TV to its room. Instead, send it out of the room.

Who knew that television was a medical issue!

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