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Is television time hurting your child?

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If you want healthy kids, doctors warn limiting the amount of time they spend in front of the television, computer and video games. Frequent media use is linked to a host of negative health factors for kids, including violence, obesity, and drug use. How much is too much? American children spend an average of 6 hours per day watching television, using the computer, and playing video games. That is more time than they spend on reading and writing in school. Doctors say that parents do not realize the effects that popular media can have on children and teenagers. A paper published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association notes that increased media time among children has been linked to a greater chance of obesity, smoking, violent behavior, and eating disorders. Experts agree that media use can be helpful to kids; educational programs can teach children about science or animal life, and the internet is a valuable research tool. But kids are getting too much unsupervised 'screen time,' doctors warn. Many children have televisions, computers and cell phones in their bedrooms. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to limit kids' media use to two hours per day, and to discuss the content of programs and games with their children to that the media messages are balanced by thoughtful parental guidance.

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I wonder, did they ever

I wonder, did they ever consider that maybe the types of 'parents' (I use that term loosely) that plunk their kids in front of a TV for 6 hours a day are the same types that are too lazy to make sure their kids eat right or get exercise? TV doesn't transport fat into children, nor does it implant the sudden urge to smoke or be violent. A lack of parental involvement, of which large amounts of media time is often a symptom, can allow these things to develop unhindered and uncorrected. Television isn't hurting your child. You are.

Totally agree, tv isnt the

Totally agree, tv isnt the problem, its the parents who dont spend enough quality time and they buy their kids anything they want because their friend has one.

This goes two ways

Kids aren't like we used to be growing up. I am 44 now and we stay out side. bottom line Parents need to spend time with the kids they had have. Start being parents. get with the kids. Find out what is going on if they shut you out. Remember you are the parent and you should know what they are doing. Stop buying the stuff for them They aren't working so they don't have money so who buys it PARENTS. Start doing what you sign up to do. PARENT