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05/08/07

New Study Says Toddlers Watch Too Much TV

The more children get addicted to the TV, or even video games, the less time they spend on other activities. Things like exercise and socializing with other children.

Researchers learned as many as 40 percent of infants under three months are regular watchers of television, DVD's and videos. That's mainly because parents are using the TV as a babysitter for their kids. The study also suggests excessive TV viewing at a young age can lead to attention and learning problems later on. " They found that the kids who watch the most TV were the least likely to go to college, were more likely to have academic problems, were not likely to be completing their homework. So they found a strong association between more TV and less college," said Dr. Emily Senay.

Experts say parents should not let children under the age of two watch any TV at all. Instead, parents should engage the toddlers by reading, playing or singing with them.

Reported By: Melanie A. Ruberti; mruberti@wtoc.com 

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