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Want More Tolerant Kids? Keep Them Away from the TV

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  • Kids with TVs in their bedrooms, and those exposed to more background TV, had a lower comprehension of different mental states, including other people’s beliefs and desires
  • Children may have difficulty understanding what a person is thinking or feeling when watching them on TV, as opposed to reading about them in books or via face-to-face interactions
  • Children whose parents watched TV with them and explained what was happening had a higher understanding of others’ mental states
  • Experts recommend children under age 3 should watch no TV at all, while those ages 3-7 should watch no more than 1.5 hours a day

By Dr. Mercola

If you want to give your child a head start in life, do them a favor and keep the TV turned off as much as possible. And at the very least, make sure you do not put a TV in your young child’s bedroom.

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