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Social Skill Deficit from Heavy Viewing in Early Childhood

Posted Apr 09 2009 7:14pm

Mistry, Minkovitz, Strobino, and Borzekowski examined the effects of heavy TV viewing in early childhood for a study in the October issue of Pediatrics.   They found that children who watched more than 2 hours of television per day between the ages of 2 ½ and 5 ½ had problems with social skills and with displaying aggressive behavior.  Those who didn't watch much TV as toddlers, but who watched a lot at age 5 ½  also had difficulty with social skills. 

The good news is that children who were heavy viewers as toddlers, but who reduced their viewing by age 5 ½ did not have significant social or behavioral problems.

>> See USA Today article 

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