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Doctor insights on: Kids Watching Too Much Tv

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What is impact of watching too much tv (more than 4 hours) on young children under 5 ?

What is impact of watching too much tv (more than 4 hours) on young children under 5 ?

Young children/TV: While some educational and safe entertainment value can be extracted from TV in moderation, children under the age of 5 who watch more than 4 hours/day of TV are more likely to be overweight, are more likely to be aggressive if they watch violent shows and are more likely to be fearful that something bad might happen to them; TV also reinforces gender role and racial stereotypes. More below... ...Read more

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Is it okay to let my kids watch unlimited tv?

Is it okay to let my kids watch unlimited tv?

No: We suggest no more than 2 hours/day of combined TV /pleasure computer or video. Greater amounts are associated with increased childhood obesity and inattentive school behavior. ...Read more

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What can my kids do instead of watching tv or playing video games?

Play outside: Your child should always be encouraged to play outside. ...Read more

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S.A.D. Starting already! I TRY stay active in my home but do sit a lot & take breaks watch TV, go nowhere. HOW I FIX this! I'm Miss out on kids/life?

S.A.D. Starting already! I TRY stay active in my home but do sit a lot & take breaks watch TV, go nowhere. HOW I FIX this! I'm Miss out on kids/life?

Psychologist.: Depression in the context of seasonal affective disorder is terrible. Hurts both emotionally and physically. Counseling with a psychologist would be your best bet to find a lasting remedy. Medications can help in the short term, but are not an appropriate replacement for counseling. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it bad to let my child watch tv?

Is it bad to let my child watch tv?

Yes: The american academy of pediatrics recommends that children under 2 years of age not watch any tv at all. Children over 2 years of age should be limited to 1-2 hours of quality programming per day. Your baby will be better off with direct interaction with you and others as the first 2 years are a very critical time for brain development and tv may only serve to get in the way. ...Read more

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Do kids with autism like to watch tv?

Do kids with autism like to watch tv?

Many do, some don't: Many children with autism love to watch tv, videos, and the like, and many become obsessed with specific shows or movies, some even memorizing dialogue and repeating it over and over. I recommend no more than 2 hours per day of screen time, which includes, tv, videos, video games, computer use, and smart phone use. It's best to encourage kids to interact with real people, not people on a screen. ...Read more

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Do kids who watch porn on tv hotels get influenced?

Do kids who watch porn on tv hotels get influenced?

Certainly: Kids who watch porn get exposed to a totally unrealistic and often violent depiction of women (or men) as objects of sex. This can only have negative effects later in life. ...Read more

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Why do my kids think I retired and just sit on the couch watching tv and eating bonbons?

Why do my kids think I retired and just sit on the couch watching tv and eating bonbons?

Evidence?: Please take them to a park, nature walk, museum or golfing to show them how many other things you are doing.You are doing these other things aren't you? ...Read more

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Do you let your kids watch unrestricted cable tv?

Do you let your kids watch unrestricted cable tv?

No.: The american academy of pediatrics recommends limiting screen time and also closely monitoring the content of movies and tv shows that our children watch. There are rating systems that can help guide parents in understanding what might be appropriate for their children. ...Read more

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Does watching excessive amounts of tv lead to ADHD in your child?

Does watching excessive amounts of tv lead to ADHD in your child?

Unanswered: Some studies point to an association, while other see no correlation. The american academy of pediatrics warns against excessive electronic media exposure, but not because of increased adhd, but because of increased aggressiveness in those exposed to too many hours of violent video games or media. ...Read more

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Are sports a healthy alternative to all those passive hours kids spend watching tv?

Are sports a healthy alternative to all those passive hours kids spend watching tv?

Absolutely: More then 2 hours of screen time computer games, text, tv, etc during school year is detrimental. Sports are the best way to go for healthy mind and body, gets kids to build cardiovascular and muscle tone at crucial ages. If not into sports walk, run, bottom line is move ur body. ...Read more

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Why do some tv shows promote promiscuity and adultery? Should I let my kids watch them?

Why do some tv shows promote promiscuity and adultery? Should I let my kids watch them?

Viewership & $ : Sex increases ratings, pure and simple. No, you shouldn't allow your children to see this stuff. The later they're exposed to sex, the better. ...Read more

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My daughter's step son who is 12 yrs old is autistic. He likes to sit and watch tv. Is there any good programs for autisic children or any new break?

Depends : Although tv is an easy default for children who may have difficult behaviors it should be limited. There really is nothing positive that comes from watching most television and at best the effect is neutral. Choose shows that have some educational benefit for regularly watched shows and avoid those that promote violence or inapporpriate behaviors. If there is a favorite show use as a reward. ...Read more

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Should I let my children watch tv views of intense storm damage of our city?

Purpose?: How old are your children? If the images are disturbing to an adult and frightening, imagine what a child might infer. As parents we must feel our children feel safe no matter what the circumstance. What ever you decide to do, try to imagine how it will impact your children. Remember kids do not interpret things as we adults do. ...Read more

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Does watching tv or the computer really give the kids bad eye sight?

Does watching tv or the computer really give the kids bad eye sight?

No: Watching tv or using computer does not decrease the vision or make near sightedness more likely. You should limit tv and computer and video games to less than 2 hrs per day, because prolonged sedentary activity leads to obesity.. The eye continues to grow and change shape very subtly in childhood which can lead to near sightedness, myopia, as well as heredity can predispose to myopia. ...Read more

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Could you damage your eyes by watching too much tv or videogames?

Could you damage your eyes by watching too much tv or videogames?

No.: No. This is an old wife's tale. Watching tv and playing video games does not damage vision. ...Read more