We all know TV can be harmful for kids. But how much is too much? Yet another study has weighed in on this grey area. The University of Montreal has concluded that just an extra hour of television can seriously impact a child's performance in kindergarten.
According to an article in Science Daily, the study has found that for every extra hour of television watched beyond the recommended amount, children's motor skills are compromised. They are also more prone to "psychosocial difficulties" such as victimization and bullying.
As part of the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development, the viewing habits of 991 girls and 1,006 boys in Quebec were logged for the study.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) currently suggests no more than two hours of screen time for children over the age of two, and no screen time whatsoever for infants.
Professor Linda Pagani's latest findings are unequivocal and damning. Too much TV can not only compromise emerging skills in vocabulary, math, attention, and physical ability, it can also increase the likelihood of your child being 'picked on' by peers.