|Despite Warnings, Most U.S.Babies Watch Television|
|Julie Steenhuysen (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Tue, 08 May 2007 17:47:39 -0500
By Julie Steenhuysen|
About 90 percent of U.S. children under age 2 and as many as 40
They said the number of young kids watching TV is much greater than
"We don't know from the study whether it is good or bad. What we know
A second study suggested excessive TV viewing can lead to attention
The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that children in the
But 29 percent of parents surveyed by Zimmerman and colleagues believe
"Parents are getting the message loud and clear from marketers of TV
For their study, Zimmerman's team conducted random telephone surveys
They found 90 percent of children under age 2 and 40 percent of
At 3 months, children watched less than an hour per day, but by 24
About half of the shows watched were in the educational category, with
TV IN THE BEDROOM
In a separate survey of 1,051 parents published in the journal
"We don't know that it is bad but we don't know that it is harmless,"
A second study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
"Even watching more than an hour of TV per day had some adverse
Johnson and colleagues studied 678 families in New York state over
"Kids who watched less than one hour of TV per day were twice as
Just 12 percent of the parents whose children watched less than an
Parents said 22 percent of teens who watched less than an hour a day
The result was the same regardless of socioeconomic status.
Johnson said he believes TV may be shortening teens' attention spans.
Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.
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