How Much TV Should Kids Watch?

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                  ·  Studies show that even one to two hours of daily television viewing by school-aged children has a significant harmful effect on academic performance, especially reading. (Canadian Pediatric Society,1999)   [http://www.media-awareness.ca

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PROJECT INFORMATION

INTRODUCTION

GENERAL FACTS ABOUT TV

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF TV ON KIDS’ BRAIN

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF TV ON KIDS’ BEHAVIOUR

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF TV ON KIDS’ BODY

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF ADVERTISEMENTS

ADS WITH POSITIVE EFFECTS

DEALING WITH VIOLENT NEWS

POSITIVE EFFECTS OF TV

TEACHING KIDS TO SCREEN THEIR OWN TV TIME

QUESTIONNAIRE

CONCLUSIONS

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Some people watch TV to escape their difficulties in real life. Fantasy and reality are very difficult to tell apart for children.
TV requires not as much concentration as reading. If kids watch a lot of TV, they will get used to it and won’t be able to concentrate at school. Kids who have TVs in their rooms cannot focus on their homework because of it. 
Daytime sleepiness for kids is caused by late night TV watching.

In the April (2001)issue of Pediatrics it says that watching an hour of TV a day increases the child's chance of developing attention problems by almost 10 percent. "The newborn brain develops very rapidly during the first two to three years of life", said Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a researcher at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. "Even educational TV can be damaging. That's because it's not the content that is the culprit," says Dr. Christakis. "It's the unrealistically fast-paced visual images that may alter normal brain development."
In the editorial section of Pediatrics it said that they need to do more research  because they are not sure about this study.

            
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A new study done by the Kaiser Family Foundation of Menlo Park, California showed that young children learning to read have problems if they watch TV. They found that only 34 per cent of 4 to 6 year olds can read and they spend an average of 49 minutes reading books compared to 2 hours and 22 minutes watching TV or playing on the computer. The wost thing is that "not just teenagers are wired up and tuned in, it's babies in diapers as well," said Vicky Rideout of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Even though this is an American study, Canadian researchers say the numbers here would be comparable. The Canadian Pediatrics Society recommends children under two years old not watch TV -- at all. And older children should watch no more than an hour.
But experts point out that watching the right kinds of shows such as Sesame Street can be beneficial. Researchers say there can be benefits to TV watching and computer use, but downfalls too. No one is sure how harmful TV and other media can be for young kids.
Other findings of the study:
·    about one-third of children 6 and younger have TVs in their rooms
·    one in four has their own VCR or DVD player
·    10 per cent have a video game player
·    six in 10 kids under 6 already know how to use the remote
·    one in four 4-6 year olds play video games several times a week or more
·    more than half of 4-6 year olds have used a computer by themselves.

Does TV Help Or Hurt Learning?

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There might be an error of 3% in these statistics.

Source for statistics:

This information comes from  a random digit dial telephone survey of 1,065 American parents of children six months to six years old, made from April 11 to June 9, 2003.