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A Television-Free Home: Is It for You?

(From God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Child by Dr. Walt Larimore. All rights reserved) For a variety of healthy reasons, more and more families have chosen to pull the plug on television. They may do it to promote family closeness, … Continue reading

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Tips for Taming the TV

Tips for Taming Television (From God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Child by Dr. Walt Larimore. All rights reserved) Television viewing doesn’t have to be out of control. Parents can set limits and teach children to make wise viewing choices. … Continue reading

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Study associates profanity on TV with foul-mouthed children

USA Today reported that according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, television may be turning “children into fountains of four-letter words.”

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Pediatrics group warns against secondhand TV in kids under two

In continuing coverage, USA Today reports that in the journal Pediatrics, “the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for the first time included warnings about ‘secondhand television’ in its guidelines for kids under age two.”

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Pediatrician group: Children under two should NOT watch TV, videos

There’s a new warning from the nation’s pediatricians and it may surprise a good many parents who think those baby DVD’s, even educational television can benefit even their youngest kids. The pediatricians say children under two should NOT watch ANY … Continue reading

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‘Screen-free’ environment best for toddlers

Babies and toddlers should learn and get their entertainment from play, NOT from TV screens, computer displays, or video games, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

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SpongeBob in hot water from study of 4-year-olds

The cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is in hot water from a study suggesting that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds.

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Cartoon characters prod kids to nag for unhealthy foods

If you’re a parent, you’ve no doubt heard plaintive wails from your child as you traverse the treat-filled aisles of the grocery store. And, you may have wondered, what makes even preschoolers yearn so desperately for the character-shaped marshmallow cereal? Or … Continue reading

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TV ads for kids still heavy on unhealthy foods

Even though kids’ total exposure to television pitches for foods high in fat, sugar, and/or salt has declined substantially in recent years, such ads are still the overwhelming majority of advertising that reaches children.

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Why does TV viewing lead to obesity in children? Turns out there are several reasons

Obesity experts have been saying for over a decade that children who sit in front of the TV screen day in and day out tend to be heavier. However, experts are finding it’s not only the couch potato effect, but … Continue reading

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Pediatrics group urges lawmakers to ban childhood obesity “media diet”

Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in America – with 17 percent of children aged 2 to 19 obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics “has a new … Continue reading

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Video violence keeps preschool kids awake at night

Researchers are reporting that violent content on the TV or computer during the day disrupts sleep for preschool children. And it’s worse for any TV or computer time in the evening regardless of content, according to Michelle Garrison, PhD, and colleagues … Continue reading

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Daycare centers purposely flout TV guidelines

A shocking study has reported that media, such as just turning on the TV, is used far too often as a replacement for adult-child interaction. In fact, the study showed that, “More than two-thirds of daycare centers included in a … Continue reading

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Too much TV increases cardiovascular risk for kids

In a number of previous blogs, I’ve warned you of the risks of too much TV for your kids. Now we have a new and far scarier risk to consider — the development of premature cardiovascular disease .

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Screen time (TV and computer) may be linked to increased heart risks

In multiple past blogs (see below) I’ve told you of the harms of too much screen time (TV, computer, video games, etc.) for your children. Many experts join me in encouraging you to limit your children to no more than … Continue reading

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Study Shows Risks for Kids Who Watch TV or Use Computers More Than 2 Hours a Day

New research is documenting some of the risks I’ve told you about in previous blogs for kids who utilize screen time (TV, computers, video games) more than 2 hours a day. Specifically, children who watch television or use computers for … Continue reading

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Screen Time May Consume Nearly 1/3 of Day for U.S. Kids

Child experts have issued an updated policy statement on use of electronic media for entertainment by kids. This is critical because children and teens in the United States spend an average of seven hours A DAY using television, computers, phones … Continue reading

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Too Much Screen Time Can Threaten Attention Span

Kids and young adults who overdo TV and video games are almost twice as likely to have a wide variety of attention span problems — at least according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Here are the details in a … Continue reading

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Stricter Rules Can Steer Kids Away From TV

I’ve blogged on the facts that (1) “Too Many Tots Watching Too Much TV” and (2) most parents don’t when children under two years of age are exposed to watching television that his has potential harms. There is NO scientific evidence … Continue reading

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Too Many Tots Watching Too Much TV: Study

This headline is no surprise to long-time readers of this blog. But, despite the recommendations that children (over age two) be exposed to no more than two hours of screen time a day, and the recommendation that children two years … Continue reading

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Long-term harm seen with too much TV for toddlers

The more TV a toddler watches, the higher the likelihood they will do badly at school and have poor health at the age of 10, researchers warn. The study of 1,300 children by Michigan and Montreal universities found negative effects on … Continue reading

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More TV for toddlers equals school trouble later

Toddlers who watch too much TV may struggle in school later, with measurably lower scores in math, Canadian and U.S. researchers reported recently. Less surprisingly, children who watched more TV at age 2 weighed more by the time they were … Continue reading

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TV, Computers Linked to Weak Relationships

Children in recent New Zealand studies who spent a lot of time watching television and using computer games had less attachment to family and peers. The more time teens spend watching television and using computers, the less likely they are … Continue reading

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Time spent watching television may be linked to increased risk of death

The Wall Street Journal reports that there may be a link between the time an individual spends watching television and his or her risk of death, according to a study published in the journal Circulation. Bloomberg News picked up the story, … Continue reading

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Daycare May Feed Your Kids’ TV Habit

According to a AP story, “Parents who thought their preschoolers were spending time in home-based day cares, taking naps, eating healthy snacks and learning to play nicely with others may be surprised to discover they are sitting as many as … Continue reading

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TV watching is linked to aggression in kids. You think?

A new study confirms many others: the more TV a 3-year-old watches, the more likely he or she is to behave aggressively.

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Television Viewing Linked to Blood Pressure Increases in Children

In the past I’ve discussed the studies showing that the more screen time kids have (TV, Internet, video games, cell phone), the more likely they are to be overweight or obese, the less sleep they will get, and the less … Continue reading

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Are your teens having trouble getting to sleep? Many are too caffeinated!

According to a new report in Reuters Health, caffeine-fueled teens are texting, web-surfing, and gaming for hours into the night, which is affecting their alertness and ability to function during the day. What can you, as a parent, do about … Continue reading

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Yet another study suggests television viewing may impair children’s language development

As most parents will admit, nothing can occupy a child quite like the boob tube. What shocks most parents to learn is that more than a half dozen studies now suggest that the TV babysitter has a steep price: the … Continue reading

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Study Links Teen Sex to Childhood TV Habits

Children who are exposed to adult-themed TV shows and movies are more likely to have sex in early adolescence, according to a study by Children’s Hospital Boston.  More Information:

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