Scientists say no television for young children

In a recent study, Dr. Frederick Zimmerman and Dr. Dimitri Christakis, both of the University of Washington's Child Health Institute, say new research indicates that toddlers under the age of 3 should not be allowed to watch television at all. They also say that even for older children, the negative effects of too much television outweigh the benefits of shows like Sesame Street.

Zimmerman's previously released studies showed that kids who watch too much television often turn out to be bullies. He also said that television has subtle effects on the learning development of young children. Studies of 1,797 children showed that watching television before the age of 3 was linked to poorer reading and math skills at the ages of 6 and 7. "For those who watch more than 3 hours of television per day before age 3, the negative impact is similar to the adverse effect of large differences in maternal IQ or education," Zimmerman said.

Upon hearing the news, the Teletubbies angrily rampaged through the streets until all scientists were destroyed.

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it depends on how you use it television was used to reached the world and to edcauate if you can realy learn from it yes
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TV causes kids to be bullies!? Yeah right! I watched TV all the time when I was younger and I am not a bully! What are they talking about?
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Zeke129 i beg to differ. Jk. Don't be so short cited.
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I still don't see why watching TV is considered to be so bad? At worst its harmless and at best its educational. Nowadays it's hard to buy a child's toy that is not educational. Who says that a child has to spend every minute of their life from birth being educated, when can a child just be a child and just do something for fun?!
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Parents just need to carefully monitor which shows their children can watch.
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I see nothing wrong with letting children under three watch TV.
My daughter has been watching TV since she was a toddler and it hasn't done her any harm at all. In fact, there are a lot of things she's learned from watching TV.
The problems only occur when that's ALL kids do. Parents need to encourage children to have other hobbies as well.
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P.S TV makes you smart! I learn alot form tv. Put that in your fancy books.

P.S.S I am sorry my fellow scientists.
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I watched tv when I was that age, and I turned out fabulious!
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I agree with the article.
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HAHAHA -that photo caption!!!
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The thing is it takes scientists and more to clue some parents in. I work at a library and you wouldn't believe how many parents zone their kids infront of computers and load up on movies to entertain them. Its sad.
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It hasn't affected me lol
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I cannot believe that they are actually saying too much tv causes children to be bullies!!! I knew Oscar the Grouch was a bad influence!
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This is ridiculous! There are many shows that are both entertaining and educational for children. I grew up watching Sesame Street and as a result, I could count, read, and spell words long before other kids my age!
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I would agree but I would love to see the Teletubbies kick some butt!
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New like this just pisses me off. People are trying so had to turn entertainment into a bad thing. Just earlier today my little cousin was dancing off a rap song playing on BET and my stupid ass uncle had to say something about him being too young for such songs and it's too wild for him. How is it wild, because he was actually dancing?!?!?!

Anyway, I think all this media over influence of television should seriously stop. This talk is literally nonsense and almost sickening. My cousin is 4 and he is very smart(well, for his age anyway), and he spends almost all day watching tv. I seriouslt wish this type of news would stop spreading around.
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Some children's programming is wonderful but sadly, a lot of shows are mindless chatter and movement that keep a child hypnotized. I would rather see a child outside playing or reading a good book.
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I think FanO****am has got it right. It could very well be that the TV watching is just a symptom of bad parenting and not the problem itself. I checked the study to see whether that same thought had occurred to Zimmerman and Christakis and lo and behold, it did. So they used a single environmental control, "parental cognitive stimulation," which is largely based on self-reporting by the parents.

That means - if you want to trust mom's word that she isn't a terrible person - it doesn't matter whether kids have other, smartypants things to do. However, Zimmerman and Christakis elected NOT to include the social or economic controls that their measuring stick also tests for. This strikes me as suspicious, but hey, my degree is in film and broadcasting. Oh wait, Zimmerman's doctorate is in Economics, and Christakis has only slightly better credentials, with an MD and a bachelor's in English Literature.

Unsurprisingly, all their studies are hilariously unscientific. In the bulling study, they didn't even look at program content, but still concluded that it was violent shows that caused the bullying (again, as reported by mom). Sure! Why not!

As Dean Yeager told Peter Venkman in my all-time favorite movie: "Your theories are the worst kind of popular tripe, your methods are sloppy, and your conclusions are highly questionable. You are a poor scientist." That about sums it up for these two yahoos.
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As long as children do other things while not watching television I don't see any problem with it.

What I mean is when you say to your children that they have watched enough for today they go crazy and start screeming they're sorta hooked/addicted, that's bad. But if they almost immediatly go away(from the TV) and find something else to do, they can handle it. Of course who thinks that watching television helps you get better social skills?
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I didn't watch t.v. as a kid. I watch a lot now. We will just have to wait twenty years to see if t.v. does have a bad effect on small children. The current under three children will be our guinea pigs.
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SHUTUP AND LET PPL DO WHAT THEY WANT I THINK THIS IS BOGUS! JUST READ WITH YOUR KIDS! WHEN I AM BUSY THE ONLY WAY TO PREOCCUPY MY KID IS TO LET THEM WATCH A MOVIE! SO SCIENTISTS! EUCALYPTUS! (U CAN LICK THIS)
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**** it up, i would rather sit infront of the tv and be dumber for the rest of my life then have no fun and just be smart! who the hell wants to read it boring. tv is life now theres nothing stopping it and you learn good stuff on television. i think more kids would be bullies if they wernt allowed to watch tv.
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I watched tv for mroe than that when i was younger than 3 but mayb they shouldve said just tv cause i also did other activites.
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Culture would not be alive without TV. There is nothing wrong with TV. And this is just scientists telling us what we've known for years anyway, too much TV is bad for you. The real evil is the parents of those 1,797 children allowing those scientists to work their under-3 children like guinea pigs.
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I watched tv all the time (and still do) and I am one of the top students in school.
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I agree and disagree...you just got watch what shows they watch and make sure it more edutional than a market tool.so you hear your kids say i want this this and this oh yeah and this....
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FanO****am, you are probably correct. I am an Early Childhood Edu. student and we discussed this in class. It seems that watching television can overstimulate a very young child. The fast movements and vibrant colors are hard for an infant/toddler to handle.
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ahaha, i love ending text in this article..
"Upon hearing the news, the Teletubbies angrily rampaged through the streets until all scientists were destroyed."

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(sorry if I posted a few times on this, I'm new to this site.)
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I'm almost 13, and my IQ is 124. When I was 3, I watched about 4-5 hours of TV a day. I don't believe the studies...
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I was watching TV since I was 2 (about 5 hours a day) and I'm almost 13, and my IQ is 124. TV made me smarter. Screw the studies...
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this is stupid.. kids are dum because they got bad influence or bad education.. i watch tv all day .. i in fact learned the little english i know on tv reading the subtitles .. dont blame tv for bad parenting.. i also watched horror movies and killing stuff and never gone killing my friends.. and how about internet? is that safe.. and the streets? the world is not a rose people need to be informed and informe their children.. if they are in front of the tv all day and no one talks to them it's normal they start being stupid...
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What children shouldn't do nothing but watch t.v. all day? No one knew that. It was a good thing they took the time to do a study. The increasing numbers of stupid over-weight kids wasn't enough of an indication already.
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perhaps it's not the amount of TV, but the lack of any other stimulation besides being left infront of an electronic babysitter...
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well ive been watching tv probly b4 i was 3 so if it is true then i should've skipped 2 grades
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NOPE!I owe everything I have to TV. Almost everything I know comes from watching TLC. And the most activity I got is from when I would go outside and pretend to be my Favorite characters from my favorite shows.
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I disagree. Although children should not be allowed to watch the Teletubbies, Sesame Street kicks ass. I hope Snuffy leaves a big pile of what he thinks on those scientists front porch.
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How can that be I always watch tv and I get straight A's in high school. That article is retd=arded dont they have better things to do like cure cancer or AIDS
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Did the study cover adults? I bet it would have the same results. I like a lot of TV shows, but can you imagine a world where there was no TV? Think of the billions of extra man-hours we would have to work with--we could build giant pyramids out in the desert, or a huge wall around our country.
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I like tv and I haven't lost any IQ points. (If I had though I suppose I wouldn't notice.)
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I don't see anything wrong with letting kids watch television, as long as they're not watching it all the time and that the content is appropriate for their age.
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I will admit I watch way too much TV. My friends always says that to me. But when I have children I will not Let them watch that much tv. I don't want them to be like me in that way.
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I can't believe there's bad parents out there allowing their children under three to watch television. I don't plan on making the same mistake- my children will be hard at work in factories until they're at least ten.
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I'm very glad that they've posted this message.
It's about time people should understand the benefactors that TV delivers.Personaly I only watch on the average about 1-2 and sometimes 3 hours a day and maybe even none.But on weekends that comes out to about 2-4 hours or less.
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I watch tv all the time! And look at me, I get straight A's in school and I'm going to 10th grade this fall!
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I'm surprised they didn't say anything about ADD. A nice episode of Robot Chicken, and I'm asleep in school.
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I grew up on television and am willing to admit I watch too much, but I think most of America does. But I will limit my childs TV intake for sure when I have some.
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Wow, well if your stupid, then you'll follow what the TV says, come on scientists, how mature are you?
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Upon hearing the news, the Teletubbies angrily rampaged through the streets until all scientists were destroyed.


GO TELETUBBIES!!
Maybe this doesnt happen to all kids, but they're warning us. If I have a kid, I'll probably plan educational activites, or something.
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