Study Shows That TV Can Affect Children's Test Scores - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/5/05

Study Shows That TV Can Affect Children's Test Scores

Two new studies at two different universities emphasize the need for mom and dad to monitor TV time and content when it comes to kids.

The first study from the University of Washington found kids under age three who watched two hours of TV a day scored lower on math and reading tests by age six, than the kids who didn't watch as much TV. Although it did say that if the shows they watched were educational programs, the kids showed some benefit in language skills.

The second study looked at TV in the bedroom, and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health found kids who were allowed to keep a TV in their room scored lower on achievement tests than kids without bedroom TV's. That study also found the kids with a computer in their room instead of a TV had the highest test scores in school.

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