Climbing the TV and your baby debate …Do you let your baby watch TV?

June 10, 2007 at 1:55 am | Posted in Babies, Blogroll, Parenting | 1 Comment

 Zizkov TV Tower in Prague, photo courtesy Soph and Mart

About 40 percent of 3-month-olds watch television or videos for an average of 45 minutes a day, or more than five hours a week, according to the first-ever study of the viewing habits of children under the age of 2.The study, by pediatric researchers at the University of Washington, also found that by age 2, 90 percent of children are watching television for an average of more than 90 minutes a day.

Such early exposure to screens can have a negative impact on an infant’s rapidly developing brain and put children at a higher risk for attention problems, diminished reading comprehension, and obesity, researchers said.

Researchers said they were surprised not only by the number of hours young children are spending in front of the television but also by the primary reason: Most parents are using television as an educational tool, not for the more conventional explanation of babysitting. Despite nearly a decade of warnings by pediatricians to the contrary, parents believe that the content of programs aimed at babies is good for brain development.

Hat tip to, and for more information on the issue, visit Kindermusik of Holland

 Thank you Molly McGinn for this insightful post!

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  1. thank you.


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