More TV for toddlers equals school trouble later.
watch too much TV may struggle in school later, with measurably lower
scores in math, and they may get bullied more than other children,
Canadian and US researchers reported on Monday.
Less surprisingly, children who watched more
TV at age 2 weighed more by the time they were 10 and ate more snacks
and soft drinks, the researchers reported in the Archives of Pediatric
and Adolescent Medicine.
results support previous suggestions that early childhood television
exposure undermines attention," wrote Linda Pagani of the University of
Montreal and colleagues at Bowling Green University in Kentucky and the
University of Michigan.
children who spend more time watching TV and less time playing with
other kids may lose valuable chances to learn social skills.
The researchers started with more than 2,000
children taking part in a larger study. Their parents reported how much
TV the children watched at 2-1/2 and later at 4-1/2 year old.
The checked with the children's teachers and
doctors when the subjects were 10.
additional weekly hour of television at 29 months corresponded to a 7% drop in classroom attention and a 6 percent drop in math skills,
the researchers found.
more TV a week as a toddler meant a child was 10% more likely to
be bullied, exercised 13% less, weighed 5% more and ate 10% more snacks, they found.
clear, age-specific recommendations from the American Academy of
Pediatrics that discourage any screen media exposure during infancy and
less than two hours per day beyond 2 years of age, parents show poor
factual knowledge and awareness of such existing guidelines," the
In their group,
most of the children watched no more TV than this recommended amount but
11% watched more, they said.
How much TV does your child watch?