What is television doing to your child?

August 12, 2014

 

According to the University of Michigan Health System,

Children ages 2 to 5 spend 32 hours per week with electronic media of some kind.

Children ages 6 to 11 spend 28 hours per week viewing television.

Of children ages 8 to 18, 71% have a television in their bedrooms.  They watch 1.5 hours more television per day than do children without a tele3evision in their rooms.

Television viewing is 41% online.

Two-thirds of households have television on during meals.

Slightly less than two-thirds of households have no rules concerning television viewing.

Slightly more than half of all households keep the television on most of the time.

Television is used as a baby-sitter for toddlers.

For some children, there is a link between television viewing and ADHD.

The average child views 200,000 violent acts and 16,000 murders on television by age 8.

Two-thirds of all programs contain violence.

Programs aimed at children often contain more violence than do programs for adults.

Most violent acts on television go unpunished and often are accompanied by humor.

Human suffering and loss from violence rarely is depicted.

Violence may be glamorized.

Good characters may solve their problems with violence.

Repeated exposure to television violence desensitizes people to it.

The link between viewing violence on television and increased aggressive and violent acts persists into adulthood.

Regardless of what is on television, having the television on, even in the background, increases aggressive behavior in three-year-olds.

Television programs can traumatize children.

Fears caused by television can cause sleep problems.

Time spent watching television can interference with activities related to academic performance.

Children learn to accept race and gender stereotypes portrayed on television.

Time spent sedentary in front of an electronic screen causes childhood obesity.

Television can promote unhealthy choices concerning food, risky behavior, and substance use.

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