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Poll: Should Parents Ban TV?

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?

Poll: Should Parents Ban TV?

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC is the author of Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money and is licensed in addiction and psychotherapy with over 25 years experience as well as a consultant to organizations and companies in the fields of mental health and addiction. He is the executive director of an outpatient behavioral health program. Learn more about Richard here.


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& C.R. Zwolinski, R. (2011). Poll: Should Parents Ban TV?. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 16, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2011/09/poll-should-parents-ban-tv/

 

Last updated: 13 Sep 2011
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Sep 2011
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