Toddler TV's Impact on Later Success in School
A follow up to our
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Commentary by Michael Mendizza
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Former TTF board member passed on this powerful new study on the impact media exposure at 2 ½ has at age 10.
A new study from Canada followed 1,314 children from the age of 5 months to 10 years, looking at their TV viewing at ages 2½ and 4½ years and seeing where they were physically, emotionally and academically at 10 years old. What they found was concerning. For each hour of TV watched at 2½, there were increases in consumption of soft drinks (9 percent) and snacks (10 percent), decreases in physical activities (9 percent) and weekend sports (13 percent) and increases in body mass index (5 percent).There were emotional repercussions, as well – children were 10 percent more likely to be victimized by classmates for each hour of toddler TV.
Finally, 10-year-olds showed a 6 percent decrease in math achievement and 7 percent decrease in classroom engagement for each hour of TV at 2½. While these outcomes are usually attributed to multiple influences, researchers controlled for many known factors and TV viewing still had an independent effect.
Thank you Karen.