Is watching TV harmful for kids?

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Television has helped in the development of kids but research studies have indicated TV has negative effects. This article delves into the harmful effects of screentime for kids.

How often do we switch on the television for our kids when we need to attend to some work around the house?

It is a good enough distraction and keeps them away from getting into trouble right? Well not really!

Harmful effects of television

Many parents put the TV on for their kids when they have some work to attend to

The (in)famous TV though at times is a life saver to a busy parent, over a time can be hazardous to your child; in more ways than one.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced a recommendation in 2011 that states that “parents of infants and toddlers should limit the time their children spend in front of televisions, computers, self-described educational games and even grown-up shows playing in the background.”

Harmful effects of television

The AAP recommends that you need not cut off all TV, but limit the time your child spends in front of the TV

This recommendation follows their previous announcement in 1999 which was much more stringent and called on parents of young children to all but ban television watching for children under 2.

Dr. Ari Brown, a pediatrician in Austin, Texas, and the lead author of the academy’s policy said “We felt it was time to revisit this issue because video screens are everywhere now, and the message is much more relevant today that it was a decade ago,”

Dr. Ari says the new recommendation is much more realistic given that there between TVs, computers, iPads and smartphones, households may have 10 or more screens.

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