Too Much TV Can Cause Social & Behavioral Problems

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: The amount of exposure to TV for the average child is startling, and can leave lasting damage.
Air Date: 10/10/12
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Matthew LaPierre, MA
Matt Lapierre resizedMatt Lapierre is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Matt earned his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a dual major in Mathematics and Philosophy and an M.A. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Lapierre's research interests include children's understanding of persuasive communication, children's media use, health communication, and cognitive development.

    Too Much TV Can Cause Social & Behavioral Problems
    Do you leave the TV on all day? Are your children going about their daily activities with the noise of the the TV on all the time?  Exposure to background television (ie, times when the television is on but the child is attending to another activity) has been found to be negatively associated with children’s cognitive functioning and social play. 

    This means your child can suffer social and educational setbacks when the TV is left on as backround noise. There are now nationally representative estimates of that exposure, and the amount of exposure for the average child is startling. What parents need are ways to reduce that exposure, and reverse this disturbing trend.
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