Seven Times As Likely To Have ADHD

Compared with children who had less than 30 minutes of screen time per day, children exposed to more than two hours were five times more likely to exhibit clinically significant “externalizing” behavioural problems such as inattention — and are more than seven times more likely to meet the criteria for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),

This is a new study from Canada.

Current Canadian guidelines call for no more than two hours of screen time a day at that age. But our research suggests that less screen time is even better.

Government guidelines vary from country to country. The worldwide scientific consensus is that the best amount of screen time including smartphones, tablets, and televisions, is zero.

Rewards And Punishments Become A Prison

Researchers investigated the impact of parenting practices on the amount of time young children spend in front of screens. They found a majority of parents use screen time to control behavior, especially on weekends. This results in children spending an average of 20 minutes more a day on weekends in front of a screen. Researchers say this is likely because using it as a reward or punishment heightens a child’s attraction to the activity.

We don’t use rewards and punishments because they have unpredictable results!

Advertising Works

A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests toddlers are more likely to demand specific breakfast cereals after viewing television advertisements for these products.

This naturalistic study demonstrates that child-directed high-sugar breakfast cereal TV advertising was prospectively associated with brand-specific high-sugar breakfast cereal intake among preschoolers. Findings indicate that child-directed advertising influences begin earlier and last longer than previously demonstrated, highlighting limitations of current industry guidelines regarding the marketing of high-sugar foods to children under age 6 years.

10% BMI per Hour of TV

Television viewing habits of two-year olds were found to be correlated with the body mass index of adolescents.

Early TV viewing also translated into less eating of breakfast on school days (by 10 per cent) and led to more overall screen time at age 13. Every hour increase of TV also predicted a higher body mass index (a 10-per-cent increase) and less effortful behavior at school in the first year of secondary school, ultimately affecting performance and ambition.

No television is the healthiest option.

If It’s In The Same Room They Perceive It

Israeli parents may believe that showing their children clips of terror attacks keeps their family informed of the situation – but it is in fact harming the nation’s children.

80% of child viewers who have seen clips of terror attacks over the past month have experienced signs of post-traumatic stress, a study from the Tom Institute released Wednesday revealed – specifically, agoraphobia, or fear of public places.

64% of children exposed to the clips now fear leaving their homes; the children also are 1.5 times more likely to be actively concerned about terror than children who do not see news clips.

You’d think it would be common sense, but there is no good way to scare a child.