Can Kids Get Brain Damage from Too Much TV?


New research from the University of Bristol shows that kids can suffer brain damage from too much time spent in front of the TV or computer screen.

Researchers from the University of Bristol say that a new study shows kids who spend hours each day watching TV or playing video games have more trouble relating to peers, emotional issues, and other conduct challenges than those kids who don’t.

The study, published in the November issue of Pediatrics, found that the risk of psychological difficulties increased by about 60% when kids between 10 and 11 years old spent more than two hours daily watching TV or playing on the computer. Surprisingly, kids who were very physically active were not protected against the psychological problems assiociated with media exposure if they watched over 2 hours of TV daily.

It's not clear however, whether media exposure causes psychological difficulties or troubled kids tend to seek out the TV and computer more.

The study included more than 1,000 children between the ages of 10 and 11, recruited from 23 schools in Bristol. The children self-reported their TV and computer use.

While this study's results may seem a bit over-inflated to some, the key to take away from this study and studies like it is that too much media exposure can harm a child's emotional well-being. But, we already knew that, didn't we?

Do you limit your kid's TV/computer time?



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