There have been lots of studies on the bad aspects of the boob-tube. But this is a new one and it is pretty darn troubling.
Even if young children aren't watching the TV, it may be distracting them from their play and depriving them of developing critical attention skills, a new study says.Message to moms and dads everywhere-- Don't be afraid to use that off button! For now at least, TVs still come with that option.
When children aged 3 and younger played in a room with a television on that was tuned to adult programming, they played for about 5 percent less time than when there was no background TV. More importantly, when there was no background TV, the children's play was more focused with longer play episodes, the study found.
"Background TV is a disruptive and distracting influence. Our evidence is that TV keeps the children from sustaining their attention at a time when developmentally, they're beginning to organize their attention skills and sequencing behaviors," said study senior author Daniel Anderson, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children 2 years old and younger be exposed to no screen time. For older children, the AAP suggests limiting screen time -- including TV, video games and computer use -- to one to two hours a day of active viewing time.-By Serena Gordon