RedTracker| Early childhood is a critical period for brain development and behavior socialization. Scientists in Quebec have established a group of damning connections between toddlers and TV.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests less than two hours of TV per day — beyond the age of two — but parents show poor factual knowledge of the recommendation and often fail to implement it, when they do.
The goal of the Quebec study was to determine the impact of TV exposure at age 2 on future academic success, lifestyle choices and general well being among children.
“We found every additional hour of TV exposure among toddlers corresponded to a future decrease in classroom engagement and success at math, increased victimization by classmates, have a more sedentary lifestyle, higher consumption of junk food and, ultimately, higher body mass index,” says lead author Dr. Linda S. Pagani, a psychosocial professor at the Université de Montréal and researcher at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center. Read on at Science Daily