Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Babysitting by Electronics

Did you know that an American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation is that babies under the age of two watch no television? A study, reported in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, suppported that recommendation, concluding: watching television not only isn't educational but it seems to stunt babies' development. Nancy Shute reported on this in her article entitled TV Watching Is Bad for Babies' Brains. The study reported that babies who watched 60 minutes of television daily had developmental scores one-third lower at age 14 months than babies who weren not watching that much. Television offers us, as older individuals, the option of receiving information that we could not otherwise get in real time. For example, I watched TV broadcasts of the summer olympics every chance I got! Ordinarily, however, I babysit my brain by reading . . . 

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