Another Study Urges: No TV for Toddlers
Keep kids under 3 away from screens, pediatricians urge
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2012 1:11 PM CDT
Not a good idea, say pediatricians.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Yet more experts are pointing out that it's not a great idea for parents to plunk their children down in front of TV or computer screens. A group of pediatricians published a paper in an influential British medical journal this week formally asking that doctors and government officials set limits on the amount of time children spend in front of screens, from TVs to mobile phones—and that limit should be no time at all for tots under three, the Guardian reports.

Guidelines like the ones they're suggesting exist in the US, Canada, and Australia, but not yet in Britain. The group reviewed the evidence and found that too much screen time causes developmental and even physical harm, including an increased risk of obesity and heart problems. Those under three are particularly vulnerable, since their brains are in a critical development stage, but the group suggests that even for children over 16, screen time should be limited to two hours.

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Oct 11, 2012 5:54 AM CDT
Another bad thing is that once kids watch TV, they become somehow addicted to that kind of stimulus. They get easily bored if you put them to read or to other activity, they'll always want cartoons and TV.
Oct 11, 2012 12:44 AM CDT
I can say from working with teens, families across broad spectrums and personal experience that TV is the great evil people have always said it was. Without doubt, there is a direct correlation between TV watching and child development problems and discipline problems. The families with the most awesome children have no TV at all in their homes. Others, drastically restrict it. If you want shit for kids, put a TV in their bedrooms and give them unrestricted access. They cannot distinguish the acting on TV from reality and that warps them and they will never know how they were cheated out of a life.
Oct 10, 2012 6:21 PM CDT
No shit!