Report Ties Children's Use of Media to Their Health
New York Times - The National Institutes of Health and a nonprofit advocacy group, Common Sense Media, have another reason for President-elect Barack Obama to keep urging parents to â€śturn off the TV.â€?
In what researchers call the first report of its kind, a review of 173 studies about the effects of media consumption on children asserts that a strong correlation exists between greater exposure and adverse health outcomes.
In a clear majority of those studies more time with television, films, video games, magazines, music and the Internet was linked to rises in childhood obesity, tobacco use and sexual behavior. A majority also showed strong correlations â€” what the researchers deemed â€śstatistically significant associationsâ€? â€” with drug and alcohol use and low academic achievement.
Common Sense Media presents these facts:
* Kids spend over 44 hours per week with media
* 61% of children 0-1 years old use screen media in a typical day
* 66% of kids 8-18 years old have a TV in their bedroom
* Most teens spend 30 minutes a day instant messaging
* 55% of online teens have a social networking profile like Facebook or MySpace