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Monday, 15 April 2013
The Harmful Effects of Television on Young Children

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Just to get a few minutes to breathe, tired parents can be strongly tempted to sit their kids down in front of the television. But a joint study by Quebec’s Sainte Justine university hospital and the University of Michigan, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, should convince anyone that this is a bad idea. This study showed that the more time children spent in front of the television at ages 2 and 4, the more problems they had in school and the more unhealthy habits they had acquired by age 10.

In this study, excessive television exposure in early childhood resulted in a 7% decrease in classroom engagement, a 6% decrease in math achievement, a 10% increase in victimization by classmates, a 13% decrease in time spent on physical activity on weekends, a 9% increase in consumption of soft drinks, and a 10% increase in consumption of snacks. As the authors of this study point out, early childhood is an essential period for brain development. During this period, the brain, like the body’s neuromuscular junctions, undergoes an intensive process of selective stabilization of the synapses. And the best activity to guide this process is playing—in other words, experimenting with the physical world through movement.

i_lien L’exposition précoce à la télévision a des effets négatifs et durables sur les jeunes enfants
i_lien Les enfants victimes de la télé
i_lien Michel Desmurget, TV Lobotomie. La vérité scientifique sur les effets de la télévision.
a_exp Prospective Associations Between Early Childhood Television Exposure and Academic, Psychosocial, and Physical Well-being by Middle Childhood

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