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Posts Tagged ‘TV’

Does SpongeBob Impair a Child’s Thinking?

Friday, October 7th, 2011

A recent study in the journal Pediatrics has received a lot of attention lately.  The study titled “The Immediate Impact of Different Types of Television on Young Children’s Executive Function” was conducted at the University of Virginia and the goal of the research was to determine “whether a fast paced television show”, specifically SpongeBob SquarePants, would impact 4 year old children’s self regulation and working memory (executive function). (more…)

Entertaining Kids in the Waiting Room

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

What a busy day back in the office post holiday weekend! When I walk into an exam room, I’m always curious to see what my patients and their parents are doing while they wait (wish I never ran late and no one ever waited!).  At any rate, I got into a really interesting discussions with several parents as to what we should have in our waiting room and exam rooms to help make the waiting easier. (more…)

No Screen Time for a Week!

Friday, September 24th, 2010

So, how much screen time does your child have?  You know what I mean, TV time, computer time, playing video games, using a cell phone (including texting). The list goes on and on! (more…)

Can TV Impact Language Development?

Friday, July 9th, 2010

There has been a lot written about television watching in children and the effects it has on their overall health and well being, including learning, moods, academics and even sleep habits. (more…)

TV May Increase Aggression In Toddlers

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Another study has found evidence that television viewing by young children is linked to aggression. The study appears an issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. (more…)

Why Videos Don’t Educate Infants

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Did you see the recent news regarding The Baby Einstein video series? It seems that there was a lawsuit regarding advertising surrounding Baby Einstein, and claims that “the videos can educate infants”. (more…)

TV Ads Trigger Mindless Eating

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Watching food ads on TV leads to a boost in snacking among children and adults, increasing the risk of weight gain, new research says.

Yale University researchers conducted a series of experiments to test the effects of food commercials on television. One test found that children aged seven to 11 who watched a half-hour cartoon that included food commercials ate 45 percent more snack food while watching the show than children who watched the same cartoon with non-food commercials. (more…)

Limit A Child’s Access to Media

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I was just sitting outside this evening reading this week’s JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), when I came upon an interesting commentary written on Media and Children. The article is written by Dr. Victor Strasburger, a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and a prominent pediatric educator and advocate for children. (more…)

Littlest Couch Potatoes Face Mental Health Risks

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Young children who spend lots of time in front of television and computer screens have high levels of psychological distress and being physically inactive may make matters worse according to new research.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics includes a group as young as four-years-old. Previous studies of “screen time” have been in adolescents and teens said the lead researcher of the current investigation, Dr. Mark Hamer of University College London.


Almost 1 in 10 Young Video Game Users ‘Addicted’

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

A growing number of young video game players, 8.5 percent, exhibit signs of addiction to gaming a new study has found.

The study conducted by researchers at Iowa State University is the first to document the prevalence of video game addiction using a nationally representative sample of children and adolescents. The study reveals the gaming interferes with school performance, disrupts interaction with family and friends and poses health problems. (more…)