Positive Parenting: TV in Your Kid’s Room?

Kids between ages 2 and 5 spend on average 32 hours a week in front of a T.V.

Some parents find it convenient to put a television in their child’s room, but a new study shows that might not be good for kids’ physical or emotional health later on.

Are screens scattered throughout your house?

The average American home has 2.3 T.V.s. But a new study suggests you might want to avoid putting one in your child’s room.

Scientists studied 1,859 boys and girls.

They found kids with T.V. in their bedrooms at age 4 displayed more unhealthy habits by age 12. Specifically, preschoolers with T.V.s in their rooms were reported to be more likely to be overweight and eat unhealthy foods.

They also reported increased loneliness, sadness, depression, negative self-esteem and aggression.

And they said they were less sociable.

Experts believe having a T.V. in the bedroom may lead to isolation, less physical activity and poor sleeping habits.

Limit screen time to two hours a day or less.

Most kids should get at least an hour of daily, moderate-to-vigorous exercise and between nine and 11 hours of sleep a night.

And remember, it’s not just how much T.V. your child is watching. It’s also where the viewing is taking place.

Authors of the study say while this research focused only on T.V. watching, it may apply to other forms of screen use like tablets and iPhones.

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