Is T.V. Rotting Your Kids Brains?

There's an article that states, "Kids' TV time linked to school woes, bad habits."

Young children who watch a lot of TV aren't just missing out on more stimulating activities. They may also be destined for problems at school and unhealthier habits later in life, new research suggests.

Each additional hour of TV that toddlers watch per week translates into poorer classroom behavior, lower math scores, less physical activity, and more snacking at age 10, according to a new study in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

"Kids should be doing things that are intellectually enriching: playing with board games, playing with dice, playing with things that will improve their motor skills, reading," says the lead author of the study, Linda Pagani, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Psychoeducation at the University of Montreal, in Quebec. "All that is replaced by sitting on the couch."
Here is another suggestion by a Mom...

While your child(ren) are watching T.V., put the closed caption on the T.V.  This way they are reading right along with watching.  They may end up doing more reading than watching because the words will capture their attention moreso.  Teaching and helping them to read at the same time.  That is a good suggestion.

You can also put a time limit on the number of hours that your child watches T.V.  On nice days, send them outside to play.  Whatever happened to the traditional outdoors games?  Just a tad bit to think about.

Until Next Time,

Jeane' Elliott Bennett


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