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Background TV exposure may harm children's development

from Christian Science Monitor

We know, we know. You've heard all about the dangers of 'screen time' for your children, and have seen all those statistics about how much television the average American toddler watches any given day. But have you thought about what happens when Junior isn't watching, but the television is still on? Recent studies have identified links between this sort of background television exposure and everything from lower sustained attention during playtime, lower quality parent-child interactions and reduced performance on cognitive tasks, write researchers in an article published today online in the journal 'Pediatrics.' more

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