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
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 ...Read more
A new study released in medical journal Pediatrics shows that TV watching during the school week lowers school performance. The study was conducted by pediatricians Iman Sharif and James D. Sargent to test the effects of television, movie, and video game screen time and content on adolescents, a previously untested age group.
Of the 4,500 sudents who participated in the study, 50 percent of those who watched no TV during the week performed excellent in school. The study also showed that the odds of doing worse in school increased with the number of channels that were available to the children.
The doctors used three test variables to measure the effect of TV viewing on school performance: cable movie channel availability, parental television content restriction, and parental R-rated movie restriction. The frequency with which parents let their kids ...Read more
It might be the death knell for Grover: Last week, the House of Representatives voted to cut funding for PBS and NPR by 25 percent. Public Broadcasting Service is a nonprofit organization of television stations that airs primarily educational programs such as Sesame Street and Nova. National Public Radio is a similar organization devoted to radio.
A spokesperson for PBS said smaller stations would be the hardest hit, as they rely more heavily on public funds. Congressman David Obey, D-Wisconsin, said the cuts would be "disastrous," adding that "public broadcasting is the most valuable resource we have for getting quality programming to children."
The cuts come at a time when the Bush administration is coming under fire for spending billions on the war in Iraq while having to heavily cut programs at home. In addition to PBS and NPR, the house ...Read more