New research suggests too much television for toddlers may lead to problems in school by ten.
Washington (WiredPRNews.com) – A recent report suggests too much television as a toddler can lead to school problems later on. As reported by Reuters, researchers from the U.S. and Canada found that too much television at age two may contribute to lower math scores, a higher risk of being bullied, weight gain, and other issues for children by age ten.
Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal and colleagues at Bowling Green University in Kentucky and the University of Michigan are quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “The results support previous suggestions that early childhood television exposure undermines attention.”
The researchers are further quoted in the report as stating, “Despite 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.”
More information about the research may be available in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.
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