An analysis of 35 different scientific studies has identified no fewer than 15 negative health effects associated with watching long hours of television.
Among these effects are cancer, autism and Alzheimer's disease.
For most people, watching television now takes up more time than any other single activity except work and sleep. By the age of six, the average child has already spent a full year in front of a television screen.
If time in front of a computer is added, watching a screen is now the dominant activity for older children; those aged 11 to 15 now spend 55 per cent of their waking lives, or seven and a half hours a day, watching television and computers. This is a 40 per cent rise over the course of a decade.
The study also drew a link between watching television and reduced levels of the hormone melatonin, which regulates the body's internal clock and governs development during puberty. This could explain both fatigue among adolescents and a disturbing tendency towards early puberty which has been on the rise since the 1950's.
Other negative effects of watching television include:
- Heart Trouble
- Eyesight Damage
- Sleep Difficulties
As this article points out all that time your kids spend in front of a TV may be doing far more harm to them than you ever thought possible. In addition to being a trigger for obesity, the "glow box" may raise their risks of premature puberty and autism, as well as many other problems, even beyond the ones found in the above report.
Parents, this is simply one habit you need to take a strong supervisory control over your children. TV is every bit as pernicious to their long term health as smoking. Would you allow your kids to smoke?
Of course not.
Well then how about providing some rigid monitoring guidelines of what they can and can't watch. TV should not be used as a baby sitter. It has great potential for harm, especially brainwashing and exposing your kids to ideas and marketing strategies that they should avoid.
TV can also:
Because severely limiting your child's TV time is indeed a life-saver, I urge you to review this important list of 20 fun activities you can do with them that have absolutely nothing at all to do with sitting indoors in front of a box for hours.
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