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April 07, 2004

ATTENTION!

As if I don't already feel guilty about how much TV we allow Oliver to watch, a new study was released on Monday, April 5th by Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, WA that says it should be cut out all together until after the age of two.

The study revealed that each hour of television watched per day at ages 1-3 increases the risk of attention problems, such as ADHD, by almost 10 percent at age 7.
“This study suggests that there is a significant and important association between early exposure to television and subsequent attentional problems,” said Christakis, who is also director of the Child Health Institute and an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “We know from national estimates that children watch an average of 2-3 hours of television a day in the 1-3 year old age group and that as many as 30 percent of all children have a television in their bedroom. There is a tremendous and growing reliance on television for a variety of reasons. However, parents should be advised to limit their young child’s television viewing.”

Needless to say, today, Oliver didn't even get to play with the remote control...and, NO, he will not ever have a TV in his bedroom.

Posted by penny at 11:48 PM in Parenting Tips | Permalink

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No TV...not even Sesame Street? Or hockey?

Posted by: Tomi | Apr 8, 2004 9:52:35 PM

Is he at least allowed to watch that beautiful TV in YOUR bedroom?

How's your attention span these days?

Posted by: go-Daddy-O | Apr 9, 2004 7:34:08 PM

My three year old has a TV in his room, and I'm grateful that he's more interested in his toys and computer than the tube. He might watch Piglet's Big Move every couple of weeks, but otherwise, he's pretty good at entertaining himself. :)

Posted by: Mariann | Apr 19, 2004 5:33:52 PM

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