Your kids are watching – both their parents, and the TV set. In a study from Public Health Nutrition, researchers examined how parents’ habits affect their preschooler’s TV watching. Kids were more likely to watch more television if their parents watch an above-average amount of television. Other factors that contribute to higher TV time are allowing children to watch during lunch and dinner times, and mothers who are out of the home, working. Increased screen time, the study says, correlates to delayed language development, aggressive behavior, cigarette smoking and obesity. The study found that 10 percent of preschoolers had a television in their bedroom, and 59 percent ate at least one meal with the television on, which is a risk factor for obesity. According to the study’s findings, preschool children spend about two hours per day in front of the television.
Parents’ Habits Influence Kids’ T V Watching