Studies like the recent one on SpongeBob SquarePants illustrate that TV definitely has an impact on the behavior and development of children. However, though most experts agree that content has an effect on children, others say the amount of time spent watching TV (and using other electronic media like computers and video games) also has an effect, no matter what the content is.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that parents should limit viewing/use to 2 hours a day.
That still seems like an awful lot of time to us (14 hours a week), time that could be spent playing with friends, reading, and interacting with family members. What do you think?
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