TV in background could be bad for kids
October 1, 2012 (WLS) -- Parents have been told to limit TV time for children. It now appears even background noise from a television can affect their development.
About 1,500 parents participated in a study by a University of New Mexico professor. On average, children between 8 months and 8 years old spent about 232 minutes a day with the TV on in the background.
Researchers say the effects of screen time on developing brains are not well understood. But children have been known to spend less time playing with friends and interacting with parents than when there is no such distraction.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting media time for kids to less than two hours per day and keeping the TV set and Internet out of the bedroom.
- Bitter cold expected to last through the weekend 7 min ago
- Nelson Mandela condolence books open, tribute held 8 min ago
- ABC 7 Special: Monday Night Monsters
- ABC7 Weather Forecast
- Northern Illinois Huskies fall to Bowling Green 47-27 1 min ago
- Schaumburg woman missing since October found
- Vigil held for Khaseem Greene's cousin killed in NJ
- Family: Boy, 6, suffers post-traumatic stress after shooting 24 min ago
- Chinese-American Service League kicks off 35th anniversary
- Girl, 13, charged in Olympia Fields fatal crash that killed boy
- Barrington leader trying to prevent next tanker tragedy
- 'Heart and Soul' - Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m.
- Photos: Christmas Tree Ship arrives at Navy Pier
- abcnews: Made in America 2013: Gift Ideas
- Bitter cold expected to last through the...
7 min ago
- Nelson Mandela condolence books open,...
8 min ago
- The Ditka you didn't know
16 min ago