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Parents Should Limit Kids Television Use! A New Report!

Sun, October 23, 2011 9:00am EDT by Add first Comment

Video screens are everywhere, but a new study warns parents to avoid them!

The American Academy of Pediatrics announced at its annual convention that parents of infants and toddlers should limit time their kids spend in front of televisions, computers, educational games and even shows playing in the background!

The group warned that video screen time provides no educational benefits for kids under the age of 2, according to The New York Times. TV watching also took away from time spent on activities that do provide educational benefits such as interacting with other people and playing.

“We know that some learning can take place from media, but it’s a lot lower, and it takes a lot longer,” Georgene Troseth, a psychologist at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University told The New York Times.

The report warns against putting a TV in young kid’s room, and it told parents to be aware of how much media use distracts from playtime.

“What we know from recent research on language development is that more language that comes in — from real people — the more language the child understands and produces later on,” Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, a professor of psychology at Temple University, told the newspaper.

Some studies have found correlations between overall media exposure and issues with attention and language, but nobody has determined which came first.

“As always, the children who are most at risk are exactly the very many children in our society who have the fewest resources,” said Alison Gopnik, a psychologist at the University of California.

HollyMoms, do YOU think parents should limit children’s television use?