Watching television is something most children and adults do. It is convenient, inexpensive, available, and appealing. Television can be very entertaining for children and can teach them some things. But too often it is used as a substitute for other activities.
Studies show that many children watch more television than the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends. The group recommends no TV for children under 2, and fewer than 2 hours per day for older children.
Too much television watching may cause some of the following problems:
Below are some tips for setting up appropriate television watching by your children:
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Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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