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Study Shows Preschoolers Watch Too Much TV

Study Shows Preschoolers Watch Too Much TV

Is the boob tube your child's best friend? Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that preschool-age children watch no more than two hours of TV a day, a recent study shows that many children exceed this limit.

According to researchers at the Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Washington, 66 percent of the 8,950 children the team studied watched more TV than the recommended limit. This study was based on data that included children 5 and younger between 2001 and 2006. As a result, the results are already dated—they do not include time spent watching or playing video games or being on a computer. They also exclude any time spent watching video on a cell phone.  On average, children from the study watched 4.1 hours each weekday.

So why are kids watching so much TV? The study shows that it's not the fault of large child care centers. In fact, the highest screen exposure came from the group of children who attended in-home based childcare. This group watched an average of 5.6 hours of TV each day. Kids who attend center-based childcare watched approximately 3.2 hours a day between home and child care.

"The biggest message from this study is that parents need to be aware of all the settings where their children are spending time," says lead author Dr. Pooja Tandon at the Seattle Children's Research Institute. "This study didn't look at outcomes for these children, but other studies have shown that increased screen time beyond one to two hours a day is associated with higher risks of various problems, so the fact that a national estimate shows that most children exceed that recommendation is concerning for all of those outcomes."

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This is good, and I know a lot of people just park there children in front of a TV. My daughters have never watched very much TV. My 4 year old would rather be on the Computer/Internet. She has her own browser with a lot of tool bar bookmarks for PBS Kids etc, and is very good at using it. She knows how to do a lot of things, and even types to a degree. She has been able to do these things since she was 2 as did her sister who is now 12. Believe it or not she loves to watch cartoons on Youtube which she taught herself. Of course she is only on the computer with an adult sitting next to her, and is fully supervised when on the computer at all times. Parking your kids on the TV is lazy parenting to me period, and I personally do not do it period.

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I plan encouraging my child to do something-legos, computer games, reading. Anything that you have to put effort in to achieve. TV is a passive action, you sit and let information be presented to you. Children are shaped from the beginning, especially in the beginning, and that is something I would not like to encourage. Not to mention many children shows depict violence, even if it is slapstick- that just teaches that violence has no repercussions.

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Well planting your kids in front of a tv is bad but placing them in front of a computer is not that much better... whats the difference between computer and tv? I say nothing. Get your kids to go out and play, or if its too cold get something fun for them to do indoors. Computer and TV are basically the same thing but computers just do more :).

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Of course sunshine, I wouldn't encourage gaming. However there are plenty of studies that problem solving in video games greatly increases the cognitive ability of your child.

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"Get your kids to go out and play"

Amen brother!

Outside in the sunshine! And go out there with them too!

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You guys are funny. My daughters do not play games on the computer unless they are educational games. The only TV channels they watch when little are PBS (they have like 6 channels now) or Disney channel. They do not watch Sponge bob Square pants or Ed, Ed, And Eddy or any of the pointlessly stupid cartons. How many people's daughters (I have 3) 2 could type by the time they were 21/2-3 (middle and oldest progressively, and were in advanced classes there school career to this day, one goes to college next fall as a full time student. She (the oldest) is in college course now 50/50 finishing her senior year (as well as 1/2 of her first year of college) while still in high school. The middle one is 2 years ahead of other kids her age in school, and takes a high school course load at 12. The youngest has not entered school (She turned 4 September 30th), but does some pre-school work she started when she was 3. I seem to be batting 100% here. Do you think I let them surf playgirl dot com, and chat on face book or something? The only one who is allowed on face book period is the oldest one who is 17. They do educational programs and websites only PERIOD, and are directly supervised when on the web by an adult within 3 feet of them as well PERIOD.

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My comment went to how I feel about the subject at hand, and was not any kind of condemnation of you or how you raise your kids. I have absolutely NO OPINION on that. As I shouldn't.

My youngest had a PC in his room at 6 years old and still found time for baseball and other sports. Your kids sound like they're doing great BTW.

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No realneil it was mainly in response to Inspector really. We also do go out side and play, ride bikes etc, unless of course it is cold. To tell you the truth my girls in general have adopted computers and the internet partially because the adults around my house have never watched a lot of TV either I am sure.

The thing that gets me about TV really is the slant of everything. Of course in many ways the internet is going down that path as well. The amount of internet advertising focused on slanted political coverage, and of course tabloid journalism (IE: who Jessica Simpson is taking to bed, and or Paris Hilton/Britney spears nip slip or choosing to wear no panties with and ultra mini skirts, or what drugs/crimes Lindsey Lohan does or did) is all over the internet as well. I personally think this driven infatuation is a large reason for the downfall in general morals in the population in general.

As for a general comment I personally think parking your kids in front of a TV is about the worst think you can do for them. TV is just so directed, and opinionated depending on which channel it is on now, which is ridiculous. The main thing I think is that children are going to take in some form of media, whether it be TV, Books, Internet or whatever. In the end it is not the form they choose which is the major factor. It is the non-caring attitude taken by those children's parents.

I am to busy is not a valid excuse. As I see it children are the only future in existence, in regards to the human race. So more focus on them is very highly deserved. Why is it that the American educational foundation is not to the quality of the educated world in general. The teachers of our children are professionally some of the lowest paid and regarded period. Then of course people who play sports there whole life are paid the highest at least to a more focused amount per capita.

Do not get me wrong I do actively watch sports. It just has never made sense to me that someone who dribbles and shoots a basketball, or throws, runs, and defends in football/baseball, makes more than a Nobel prize winning scientist. In the end I think it shows you where the priorities really are for the human race! They are based largely on who can entertain me the best, not on who will introduce and grow my child's mind intellectually, which is very sad in all reality.

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