TV Harms Kids by Harming Parents

Michael Medved

10/26/2011 3:23:40 PM - Michael Medved

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a major new study with urgent recommendations warning parents of young children about the dangers of over-exposure to television.

 

One of the new conclusions centered on the impact of “second hand TV”—especially in the one-third of American homes that admit they keep the tube on “all the time.” Part of the problem involves the influence of media consumption on parents—if Mommy and Daddy spend more than 30 hours each week watching TV (as half of U.S. adults do), then they’ll invest less energy in communicating with kids and with each other.

 

Moreover, abundant research demonstrates that watching television with its emphasis on conflict, violence and bad news makes people more fearful and pessimistic—undermining the cheerfulness, gratitude and optimism essential to effective parenting and to sustaining happy homes.