TV can screw up your kids brain development

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TV can screw up your kids brain development

We always knew that TV screwed up kids, perceptions of reality, but now it seems that even the act of watching TV itself screws up their brains.

Its seems that brain growth is distorted by the short attention span that it takes watch TV.
The research suggested that each hour in front of the television increased a child's chances of attention deficit disorder by 10%.

The high levels of stimulation created by television viewing was expected to continue later life leading to difficulties in dealing with the slower pace of school and homework.

SEATTLE, April 6 (UPI) -- A study of 1,345 U.S. children has concluded that children under the age of 2 should not be allowed to watch television, The Times of London said.

The author, Dr. Dimitri Christakis of the Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Centre in Seattle wrote for every hour of television watched daily, toddlers faced a 10 percent increased risk of having attention problems by the age of 7.

The study, which appears in the April edition of the journal Pediatrics, suggests television might overstimulate with its unrealistically fast-paced visual images and permanently "rewire" the developing brain.

"The truth is there are lots of reasons for children not to watch television," Christakis wrote.

"The newborn brain develops very rapidly during the first 2 to 3 years of life. We know from studies of newborn rats that if you expose them to different levels of visual stimuli, the architecture of the brain looks very different."

While previous studies have researched the amount of television children watch, this was the first to link it to attention disorders. Other studies have shown television watching to be associated with obesity and aggressiveness, the newspaper said.
By netchicken: posted on 7-4-2004

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