August 12, 2013

ARTICLES: Kids And TV: Watching An Extra Hour Can Harm Kindergarten Performance, Study Says

Yet another data point has been added to the ongoing debate over how much TV watching is too much for young children.

A study of Canadian children has found that even an extra hour of TV time -- above the daily average of 72 minutes -- could significantly harm a child’s performance in kindergarten, reports Science Daily.

Professor Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal and the CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital conducted the study and told Newswise that more time spent in front of the TV significantly decreases vocabulary and math skills, classroom engagement, attention skills, and physical prowess in kindergarten.

In addition, above average TV time also correlated with an increased risk for victimization by classmates.

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