-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers who watch too much
television have a more difficult time when they start kindergarten,
a new Canadian study suggests.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV for kids
under 2 and a limit of two hours a day of screen time for children
aged 2 and older.
This study looked at how the TV-viewing habits of about 2,000
children in Quebec at the age of 29 months affected them when they
Every hourly increase in daily TV viewing over the recommended
two-hour limit at the younger age was associated with poorer
vocabulary, math skills and attention; reduced physical abilities;
and an increased risk of being picked on by classmates when the
children started kindergarten.
"[The findings] suggest the need for better parental awareness and compliance with existing viewing recommendations put forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics," study author Linda Pagani, a professor at the University of Montreal, said in a university news release.
The findings are important because a child's performance in
kindergarten can predict their future success in school and life.
However, although the study reported an association between more TV
time and poorer skills in school, it did not establish a direct
cause-and-effect relationship. Study data and conclusions also
typically are considered preliminary until published in a
peer-reviewed medical journal.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about
children and screen time.
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