Study suggests video games may lower reading levels of children - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Study suggests video games may lower reading levels of children

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – If you've got a child over the age of five, they probably already love video games.  Now, for the first time, a new study looks at how video games can affect young boys. The study included boys between the ages of six and nine, who did not have video game systems.  One group was given video games, the other was not.   After just four months, the video game players had lower reading and writing scores.                     

"This study had a simple finding, give a new toy that's a video game, kids want to play it," said Ellen Rome, M.D., a pediatrician.  "And they'll play it at the expense of reading and writing."

The study is not suggesting we eliminate video games, just that parents take more control and Dr. Rome adds, that means if you say one hour a day, you just have to mean it.

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