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Smaller Screens, Bigger Brains

Posted By: Girlie

Smaller Screens, Bigger Brains - 07/07/05 10:43 PM

Three scientific studies published Monday found what parents already tell their kids: It's better to stare at the PC screen instead of the TV.

The articles in "Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine" correlated the amount of television young children watched with test scores and achievement as grown-ups.

In one study, Robert Hancox, Barry Milne and Richie Poulton, researchers at the Dunedin School of Medicine, studied 1,000 New Zealanders, most of whom were 26 years old.

They found that the more time the research subjects had spent watching TV during childhood, the more likely they were not to have made it through college. TV watching as a teen and especially during adolescence made it more likely they were to have left school without a sixth-form certificate, the degree needed to go on to university.

The findings held true regardless of sex, intelligence or socio-economic status, the researchers found. They posit that there's a simple trade-off between watching television and doing homework -- with no intellectual benefits to the tube.

"These findings offer little support for the hypothesis that a small amount of television is beneficial, whereas a lot is harmful," they wrote in the "Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine."

A second study by Dina Borzekowski of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Thomas Robinson of Stanford Department of Pediatrics and Stanford Prevention Research Center found that media influence children's development. But the study failed to determine associations between the child's household media use and academic achievement.

Borzekowski and Robinson surveyed grade-schoolers in six diverse California schools over the course of a year. They found that kids who had a TV in their bedrooms had significantly lower test scores than those who didn't. Kids without a bedroom boob tube and did have access to a home computer had the highest test scores.

Finally, Frederick Zimmerman and Dimitri Christakis of the University of Washington analyzed data on kids' TV habits in order to study the effect of watching TV and reading skills development. They looked at scores on three reading and comprehension tests.

Children under three watched an average of 2.2 hours per day; at ages 3 to 5 years, the daily average was 3.3 hours. The under-three couch potatoes had lower scores on all three tests.

However, kids in the three-to-five age group showed a 0.51 percent improvement in the reading recognition test for every hour they watched.

Zimmerman and Christakis concluded that watching TV could stunt the thinking of children under three. They advised parents to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines and not let kids under two watch TV at all.

Posted By: IceMyst

Re: Smaller Screens, Bigger Brains - 07/08/05 01:08 AM

Nice to know that my kid aint sopposed to be watching TV till he's 2 or older or he might be stupid when he gets older...
Posted By: Gremelin

Re: Smaller Screens, Bigger Brains - 07/08/05 04:59 AM

[censored] that man, Trey is goinna spend most of his life watching old skewl cartoons and nova/discovery channel with his daddy...
Posted By: Girlie

Re: Smaller Screens, Bigger Brains - 07/08/05 11:49 AM

ah, I posted it...doesn't mean I agree. Caitlin just turned 3 and she has learned a lot from watching tv. Dora the freaking explorer is like awesome or some [censored]. She can count to 20 in english and spanish (she still skips 6 for some reason, but oh well), she knows her colors and shapes...the list goes on.

NOW if they would just come out with a dora the explorer learns how to piss in the big girl potty book/movie/doll then I would be eternally grateful.

She's gotten rid of all of the other "baby tendeancies." ie. bottle, binky, etc. That's the only thing left and no matter what I do the girl won't piss, she pretends, then she hops off and flushes. Sure, we got the dora potty seat that fits over the toilet...

yep, she threw that piece of [censored] in the tub and told me it was a boat, I got her the potty "throne" which plays a lil freakin song when you take a piss....well, she throws something in it to hear the music, but that's it.

Oh, so then we got the pooh potty can pretend flush the little [censored] and everything, she'll sit on it all damn day but I'll be damned if she'll piss on the damn thing.

Oh, then we got this really neat potty seat that has fish in it...yep, she sat on that and screamed because the "fishies bite me!". So it joined dora in the tub as a boat.

I've told the doctor, she says she will piss on the toilet in her own time, so I give up.
Posted By: EndGame

Re: Smaller Screens, Bigger Brains - 07/09/05 08:50 AM

dnt be too hard on urself countB...
even i havent mastered the art of pissing in the toilet yet..

Posted By: Gremelin

Re: Smaller Screens, Bigger Brains - 07/09/05 10:17 AM

Evidently the trick with me was bomb'ing cherio's...
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