Reading problems in children linked to TV

Kids who watch a lot of TV have a harder time learning to read. That’s the upshot of a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. This should be self-evident, but what the heck. Every nagging reminder helps.

The report doesn’t say TV is all bad, though, and allows that TV and computer time can be learning time – with the right parental involvement.

“Watching TV is far inferior to playing with toys, being read to or playing with adults or talking with parents,” said Dr. Henry Shapiro, chairman of developmental and behavior pediatrics at the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Watching TV without a parent is a junk experience, especially for young children.”

I imagine, that if you have to watch The Wiggles with junior, it’s likely he won’t be watching six hours in row.

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